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