Are you tired of seeing those phishing emails claiming to be from the Social Security Administration saying that your social security number has been “suspended”? How about an emailed invoice for a product or service you never received? Or an unexpected delivery tracking number? No doubt about it; scams are on the rise!
The United States Senate Unanimously passed S.Res.101 designating March 9, 2023, National Slam the Scam Day. A goal of this resolution is to raise awareness regarding government imposter scams.1 Government impostor scammers will contact you pretending to work for a federal agency in order to get money or valuable personal information from you.
Unfortunately, government impostor scams aren’t the only tactics out there. Other common scams can come from individuals pretending to be from medical carriers, cellular providers, delivery services … the list goes on.
How can you protect yourself and your loved ones from being a victim of a scam? Ignore suspicious emails, phone calls, and text messages. Do not click on email links or attachments that you are not expecting, even if it looks like it came from a trusted source.
Scammers will often hack an email, then message the email owner’s contacts to make it look like the owner actually created the message. Never give out personal information to unverified individuals and report scam attempts to the appropriate agency. Remember, government agencies will not call, email or text you for money or personal information.2 Stay alert and stay safe!
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