Common Types of Scams

The following types of scams are common! Education is important so you do not fall victim to them as well!

Imposter Scams
Imposter scammers attempt to convince you that they are someone you know or trust like a sheriff, local, state, or federal government employee or organization in order to get your information and /or access to your finances.

Charity Scams
In Charity Scams, someone may contact you pretending to be from a charity, real or made up. They may say that they are following up to a donation pledge that you did not make.

Grandkid Scams
In Grandkid scams, someone will contact you, posing as someone you know, typically a family member, looking for urgent financial assistance. They may ask for bail money, money to pay a medical bill or something else immediate. Scammers can use social media to gain information about you and your family members so they may have some information when they contact you. You should contact another trusted family member to verify the situation.

Too Good to Be True & Online Shopping Scams:
If you’re purchasing from a company for the first time, do your research and check reviews. Verify the legitimacy of a buyer or seller before moving forward with a purchase. If you’re using an online marketplace or auction website, check their feedback rating. Be wary of buyers and sellers with unfavorable feedback ratings or no ratings at all.

Websites that begin with https are generally more secure than sites that start with http. Avoid buyers who request their purchase be shipped using a certain method to avoid customs or taxes inside another country.

Contact the proper authorities if you paid for goods or services online that never arrived or if someone asked you to ship goods but never paid you for those goods.

“Thank You for Your Purchase” Scams
In a “Thank You for Your Purchase” Scam, you may be contacted via text or email with a message thanking you for a recent purchase but also providing you with contact information if you question the purchase.

Do not respond to the messages. Contact your debit card, credit card or financial institution to discuss the charges in question.

Healthcare Scams:
In Healthcare Scams, someone may claim to be from Social Security, IRS, Medicare or another trusted Government Agency.

No government agency will urgently pressure you for personal information over the phone, email or text.

You’ve Won a Prize Scam
In a prize or lottery scam, you may receive a call, email or text stating that you’ve won a prize through a lottery or sweepstakes even though you may never have entered a lottery or sweepstakes.

You may be asked to make an upfront payment for fees and taxes. Legitimate organizations do not ask you to pay upfront for prizes.

Tech Support Scams
In a Tech Support scam, you may receive a pop-up or urgent message on your computer saying that your information has been compromised or your computer is infected. The messages may ask you to call a provided phone number. NEVER call the number provided.

Contact your internet service provider directly through your service providers direct customer service number on their legitimate company website.

Antivirus & Anti- Malware Software Scams
In an Antivirus or Anti-Malware Software scam, you are contacted by email or text with a message about billing for a computer security product as an auto renewal or new purchase. Emails may look like they are from legitimate companies that sell antivirus and anti-malware software like Norton Lifelock, McAfee or Microsoft. The scammers may be trying to get your debit or credit card information or computer passwords.

The fake email will provide contact information. Do not click links in emails or texts or call the provided fake number.

Romance Scams
For Romance Scams, someone may adopt a fake identity and uses the illusion of a romantic or close relationship to manipulate and/or steal from you. Beware if the individual attempts to isolate you from friends and family. Do not participate in requests to send inappropriate photos or financial information. These could later be used to extort you. Be cautious if the individual promises to meet in person but always comes up with an excuse why he or she can’t.

NEVER send money to anyone you have only communicated with online or by phone.

Money Mule Scam
Money Mule Scams involve someone asking you to deposit checks for them and then sending the cash back to them. This is known as being a “Money Mule.” You can be held liable for funds that the fraudulent check was cashed for.

This can occur with someone you may have never met or with someone you know.

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