Do you know how to spot a scam? Fraudsters seem to be getting ever more devious and clever in their attempt to take your money or steal your identity. Manipulation of technology is making it harder to figure out the difference between a phone call from a legitimate entity and what is most likely a scammer. Anyone can be a victim.
- Most scammers will ask you to pay them with a gift card-be wary of this request.
- If your bank calls you, they already know your identity-do not give out any personally identifying information.
- Social Security numbers do not “expire.” Hang up!
- Do not deposit an unsolicited check and then wire money back-this is a popular scam.
- Research a charity before donating.
There is also an emotional component that the attempted scammer is trying to play on. Often, they will convey a sense of urgency in asking you to supply information or funds. This creates a panicked momentum that makes it harder to stop, collect your thoughts and make a rational decision. Resist their pressure and talk to someone before acting. In many cases, you can do a free reverse phone number lookup to see who has called or has left you a voice message. Go here: https://www.whitepages.com/reverse-phone or give us a call at the library and we can look it up for you.
More information on protecting yourself from identity theft, scams and fraud can be found on the Federal Trade Commission’s website for consumers at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov
Next Week at the Library:
- Wed. Nov 20 - @ 4:30pm-WIT4Girls
- Fri. Nov 22 - @10:15am- Baby/Toddler StoryTime
- Fri. Nov 22 - @ 10:30am - Preschool StoryTime
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