- Extortion Scams;
- Spear Phishing Scams;
- Romance Scams and
- Service Scams
Criminals will say anything to separate you from your hard-earned money. How can you protect yourself?
Be cautious. You have the right to check out any caller by requesting written information, a call back number, references and time to think over the offer. Legitimate business people will be happy to provide this information. They want the “bad guys” out of business too.
Always be careful about providing confidential, personal information, especially banking or credit card details, unless you are certain the company is legitimate. If you have doubts about a caller, your best defence is to simply hang up. It’s not rude – it’s smart.
If you’re in doubt, seek the advice of a close friend or relative, or even your banker. Rely on people you can trust.
Always remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Fraud…. Recognize it! Reject it! Report it!