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Web Safety and Scams

Scams are big business these days, accounting for $50 billion in lost and stolen money, according to the 2017 Better Business Bureau (BBB) Scam Tracker Annual Risk ReportOne surprising trend: More young people are falling victim to fraud and scams than older people.

The BBB report showed that Americans ages 18 to 34 were more susceptible to scams (43.7% were victims) than Americans 55 and older (27.6% were victims). However, while occurrences are less for older Americans, seniors still lose more money in scams than younger victims. (Experian website)

Examples of SCAMS include:

  • Email from supervisor compelling you to buy gift cards and send the codes
  • You receive a written check telling you to deposit it and return a portion of it for your troubles
  • A telephone call saying they are:
    • Police or Sheriff
    • Court Bailiff or attorney
    • IRS

Telling you that you have a warrant, missed a court date, failed to show up for Jury Duty or owe money. Remember they can spoof caller id.

  • Fake for rent listing where the person has you send a deposit or background check without ever meeting you
  • Family emergency where someone pretends to be related to you and says they just need money for bail or bus ticket or medical emergency
  • Vacation scams
  • Online purchases of pets, clothing, electronics, cosmetics or automobiles particularly if they offer a “free trial”

If you are asked to make payment in the form of electronic codes from gift cards, reloadable credit cards or in any electronic format be wary!! 

                                                AND

If something sounds too good to be true, it is probably a scam!