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Top 6 Imposter Scams to Look Out For

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The internet has made the world a scary place in terms of financial security. Be on the lookout for these scams to protect yourself and your money.

1)    Tax Scam: Scammers pretend to be from the government and say you owe them money.

The government will never initiate a phone call or require a specific method of payment.

2)    Prize Winner Scam: Call or email starts by saying you have won a prize then asks for personal details to get it to you.

Being asked for your bank details or to pay a small fee in order to collect money is a sign of a scam.

3)    Tech Support Scam: Scammers pose as tech support claiming your device has a bug or needs to be fixed. They ask for remote access to your device or for money for their services.

Tech companies will not reach out unsolicited with support nor will they request payment in gift cards or cryptocurrency.

4)    Medicare Scam: To gather data and carry out identity theft, scammers impersonate Medicare employees. They call stating your plan will be canceled unless you verify details, that Medicare is issuing new cards, or that you can be a part of a special offer.

Medicare will never call your directly unless you make a request.

5)    Amazon Scam: Scammers are sending messages that tell users a fraudulent purchase has been made on their Amazon account. They direct the user to call or follow a link. This could lead to account information being stolen or devices being infected with malware.

Get the customer service number directly from a company’s website to avoid scams.

6)    Bank Zelle Scams: Scammers call saying that they are from your bank and they have caught someone trying to Zelle themselves money from your account. In order to get the money back, you have to “Zelle” yourself the amount they claim was stolen, after providing a log in code they prompt you to request.

Your bank will never ask you to Zelle yourself to settle a fraudulent claim.

Written by Northstar Financial Planning

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