How To Protect Yourself

  • Take your time making a decision and be skeptical.  These scams constantly evolve in an effort to trick victims to send money.   Scammers make things sound urgent in an effort to pressure victims to make rash decisions.  If things sound too good to be true, they usually are.  
  • Try to contact the agency, company, or family member to determine whether or not the call is legitimate.
  • Check the internet to research the business, offer, or phone number and see if there are articles involving scams or complaints.   
  • Never purchase money cards or gift cards to pay a debt.  No official agencies will accept a money card or gift card.
  • Never wire money or provide your debit or credit card number to a stranger….especially if the payment is going to another country.  Wiring money is like sending cash, once it is sent it is almost impossible to get back.
  • Never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller or email.