Here are Tips to Safeguard Yourself From Scam Calls and Emails
THERE IS NO PRIZE:
The caller might say you were “selected” for an offer or that you’ve won a lottery. But if you have to pay to get the prize, it is really not a prize!
YOU WON'T BE ARRESTED:
Scammers might pretend to be law enforcement or a federal agency. They might say you’ll be arrested, fined, or deported if you don’t pay taxes or some other debt right away. The goal is to scare you into paying. Real law enforcement and federal agencies won’t call and threaten you.
YOU DON'T NEED TO DECIDE NOW:
Most legitimate businesses will give you time to think their offer over and get written information about it before asking you to commit. Take your time. Don’t get pressured into making a decision on the spot.
THERE IS NEVER A GOOD REASON TO SEND CASH OR PAY WITH A GIFT CARD:
Scammers will often ask you to pay in a way that makes it hard for you to get your money back — by wiring money, putting money on a gift card, prepaid card or cash reload card, or using a money transfer app. Anyone who asks you to pay that way is a scammer.
GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WON'T EVER CALL TO CONFIRM SENSITIVE INFORMATION:
It’s never a good idea to give out sensitive information like your Social Security number to someone who calls you unexpectedly, even if they say they’re with the Social Security Administration or IRS.
For more information, you can visit the FTC website.