Money scams are on the rise as more liberal district attorneys fail to charge crimes. With holidays approaching, it’s important to arm ourselves with knowledge.
Be wary of get-rich-quick schemes. If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- Avoid sending money or giving your account information to anyone you don’t know or a company you can’t verify as a legitimate. If you send money as part of a scam, you may not be able to get it back.
- Beware of scammers impersonating a tech support company, fraud department, or government agency through a phone call or pop-up message on your computer. Do not provide your account information or access code, or give them control to your computer.
- Be wary of an unexpected request for payment for a good, service or fee through any form of communication (email, phone call, social media, etc.) Do your research and don’t be afraid to end communication with the person making the request.
- Don’t send money back to someone who has provided a check or overpayment for goods or services.
- Be suspicious if someone requests your account information or assistance with a financial transaction, such as cashing a check on their behalf or transferring money for them.
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