The most common types of scams will target you through fake emails, text messages, voice calls, letters, or even someone who shows up at your front door unexpectedly. No matter which technique the scammer uses, your best defense is to know the red flags.

Three signs you’re being scammed:

  1. You’re told to act immediately
    Imposters want you to act before you have time to think. They may pretend to be a relative in need, a utility company, or even the IRS.
  2. They ask for your personal information.
    Never share codes, pin numbers, or personal information when contacted unexpectedly by phone, text, email, computer alert, or social media.
  3. You’re asked to pay in an unusual way.
    Be wary if asked to pay by wire transfer, gift card codes, or payment apps.

How to help protect yourself from scams:

  • Be cautious if being pressured to respond immediately — this is what scammers want you to do.
  • Be wary of unfamiliar calls, computer messages, texts, or emails requesting money or personal information.
  • Verify you are sending to a trusted recipient by calling a trusted or verified phone number from a recent bill or receipt, or by visiting an official website.
  • Never send money or provide credit card or online account information to anyone you do not know and trust.

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