- Be alert to the fact that scams exist.
- Scams target everyone.
- Know who you’re dealing with. Take the time to do some research.
- Go with your Gut.
- Do Not Open or Click on suspicious texts, pop-up windows or emails – Delete them!
- If you are unsure, verify the identity of the contact through an independent source such as a phone book or an online search.
- Keep your personal details secure. Do not share any personal information on social media sites.
- Keep your mobile devices and computers secure. Do not share access with others remotely. Update your security software and backup content.
- Protect your WiFi network with a password and avoid using public computers or WiFi hotspots to access online banking or provide personal information.
- Choose your passwords carefully and write them down. A strong password should include a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
- Review your privacy settings and security settings on your social media.
- Be aware of any requests for your details or your money. Never send money or give credit card details to anyone you don’t know.
- Remember if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
How to Spot a Fake
Scammers are getting creative. But a scam usually isn’t hires, has poor quality grammar and spelling, overly forced language or a generic personal greeting and usually uses names of organizations that don’t exist.
Clues for Spotting Fake Email
Scammers can easily fake an official looking email, using the same logo and email design as the real company. Often your guard is down or the email is from an online shopping site that you use. Go with your Gut. Ask first and Do Not Click on any links. Research first.