Protect Yourself With the FTC Scam Alert




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It’s scary to think about, but criminals are always thinking up new schemes to trick you out of your money or personal information. If they do manage to scam you, they, and your money, will be impossible to find.


One of the best ways to protect yourself is by following the Federal Trade Commission, a government agency for consumer protection. They have a list of popular scams that they keep current, which you can view below. You can also sign up for email updates.

 

FTC Scam Alert


In addition, follow these simple tips to avoid being scammed:


  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

  • If someone emails you on behalf of a professional company, but the email has a lot of spelling and grammar mistakes, it’s probably not authentic

  • Don’t share any of your personal information with anyone you don’t trust

  • Don’t click on links from unfamiliar email addresses

  • If someone asks you to send money through Western Union or another money transfer service, they probably aren’t trustworthy


As a reminder, SPAOA’s services are free, and we will not contact you to ask for money under any circumstances. If someone claiming to be from SPAOA has contacted you about money, please email info@spaoa.org so we can look into it.

 






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