Learn How to Identify and Avoid Scams

Learn How to Identify and Avoid Scams

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Know how to identify and avoid scams. If you provide your information or send money to a scammer, there is often little your bank or the police can do to help get your money back. Never trust caller ID, so always validate an organization by calling them back through an official phone number.

Scammers may pose as government officials, law enforcement or even bank employees to steal your personal information.

Know how to identify red flags. In many types of scams, you may be:

  • pressured to send money
  • threatened with law enforcement action
  • told to purchase gift cards and provide codes as a form of payment
  • asked to cash a check for a stranger
  • instructed to make a cash deposit for sweepstakes
  • offered more than you are asking for something with a request to send the overpayment elsewhere

Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers or other information in samples on this website may have been impersonated or spoofed.

Please share what you know or ask a question about this article by leaving a comment below. Check the comment section below for additional information, if there is any. Remember to forward suspicious, malicious, or phishing email messages to us at the following email address: info@onlinethreatalerts.com. And, report missing persons, scams, untrustworthy, or fraudulent websites to us. Tell us why you consider the websites untrustworthy or fraudulent. Also, to quickly find answers to your questions, use our search engine.

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Learn How to Identify and Avoid Scams