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Scammers find millions of ways to defraud people every year. By combining new technology with old tricks they get unsuspecting people to send money or give out personal information. Here are a few practical tips to stay ahead.


  1. Spot imposters. Scammers often pretend to be someone you know. Don’t send money or give personal information in response to an unexpected request.
  2. Do online searches. Chances are; you’re not the only person impacted by this scam artist. Type a company or product name in online with words like “scam” or “review” to see if other people have reported them as scams.
  3. Don’t believe your caller ID. Scammers are now able to fake caller ID information. If someone calls asking for money or personal information, hang up. If you think the caller might be telling the truth, call back to a number you know is real.
  4. Don’t pay upfront. If you receive an email or call asking for you to pay in advance for an offer, job or other type of promise, They will probably take the money and disappear.


If you spot a scam, report it at ftc.gov/complaint. For additional tips from the Federal Trade Commission; Click here.