Whenever an epidemic strikes, you can be sure some people will create ways to steal your money or personal information through a phone call or an email.
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Not a day
goes by where I do not receive a phone call from someone claiming that my
warranty on my car has expired. The funny thing is I have never owned a car nor
can I drive. Then there is a call from a so-called police association asking
for a donation. To cut down on these calls, I will leave my answering machine
on. If the caller does not leave a message, chances are it is a fraud.
can make it look as though they are calling from a genuine business. I received
a call from a person pretending to be a major retailer, indicating that there
were suspicious acts on my account. However, it does not end here. There are
emails that I have received telling me that my vendor’s order was charged to my
account and will be delivered shortly; if you have any questions, click on this
link. Again, I do not have a vendor’s account at this particular company but if
I did click on that link, my data and pertinent information would be at their
times like this, you must stay vigilant. Protect yourself with the following
that appear to be too good to be true.
websites, emails, or advertisements offering items and/or opportunities at impractical
media accounts that appear to offer vouchers or gift cards. Some may appear as seasonal
promotions or contests.
swindles where criminals set up false charities and profit from individuals who
retailers that do not provide adequate information on privacy, terms and
dispute resolution, or contact details.
sellers that force you to use your debit card instead of secure payment
services like PayPal or credit cards.
If you think you have been a victim of a scam or identity theft, please visit https://www.identitytheft.gov to file a report through the Federal Trade Commission.