Four Signs That It’s a Scam
- Scammers Pretend to be from a trusting organization you know. (SSA, IRS, Charity, Bank, local business, etc.)
- Scammers will refer to a Problem or Prize, or even say you’re in trouble with the government
- Scammers will Pressure you to act immediately, and not allow you to have time to think.
- Scammers will require you to Pay, usually wire transfer or gift card. Some will even go as far as to send you a check for you to cash and then return the sender.
Key Words: Pretend, Problem, Prize, Pressure, Pay
What You Can Do
- Block Calls or Text Messages
- Keep your personal or financial information private. Legitimate organizations will not call you and ask for your information.
- Resist any pressure to act right away on a request.
- Never pay someone who insists on a money transfer or gift card.
- Always talk to someone you trust before you do anything.
If you were scammed or think you saw a scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission.