Scam Prevention

When it comes to protecting your community from scams, knowledge is crucial. We have added new shareable graphics that you can schedule to be posted all month long to your residents on Neighbors.

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Beware of Scams!

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Sample message:

"[Community Name] Residents,

Fraudsters use social engineering tactics to trick consumers into sharing confidential and personal information. They are skilled con artists who impersonate government, community, and business officials such as law enforcement, local charities, and service providers. Once fraudsters have someone’s personal information, they can use it to make unauthorized purchases, drain financial accounts or even steal someone’s identity.

Be skeptical—verify the legitimacy of unsolicited calls BEFORE you share personal information. Hang up and contact the organization directly to address any request for personal information. Remember not to engage, especially when you’re busy or distracted.“

Source: National Crime Prevention Council


Bank Check Safety Tip

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Fake checks can take weeks to be discovered and untangled. By that time, the scammer has any money you sent, and you’re stuck paying the money back to the bank. Your best practice: Don’t rely on money from a check unless you know and trust the person you’re dealing with.”

Source: Federal Trade Commission


Fake Check!

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“Fake job or employment scams occur when criminal actors deceive victims into believing they have a job or a potential job. Criminals leverage their position as “employers” to persuade victims to provide them with personally identifiable information, become unwitting money mules, or to send them money. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, 16,012 people reported being victims of employment scams in 2020, with losses totaling more than $59 million.

Don’t become a victim, learn the warning signs!

-They ask you to shop for them
-You have to send them money
-They won’t meet you in person
-You can’t verify their information
-You’ll be working from home“

Source: Federal Trade Commission


Is This Job Legitimate?

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"Looking for a job can be a tough thing to do. Now, all jobs require to apply online and sometimes it can be hard to know what’s real or what’s a scam. Scammers will post fake jobs online on certain sites and use keywords such as “must be 18 or over, must have access to the internet, no experience necessary, or must have a valid passport. Please do some research when applying for jobs online and stay aware of red flags during your job search."

Source: Career Addict


Stop! Don’t Click on That Link!

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Sample message:

"Don’t become a victim! Learn the warning signs of a smishing scam:

  • A text message requesting personal information, such as your Social Security number or an online account password.
  • A text message asking you to click a link to resolve a problem, win a prize or access a service.
  • A text message claiming to be from a government agency.
  • A text message offering coronavirus-related testing, treatment or financial aid, or requests personal data for contact tracing.“

Source: Action News


¡No haga click en los siguientes enlaces!

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Sample message:

"¡No te conviertas en una víctima. Conozca las señales de advertencia de una estafa engañosa:

  • Un mensaje de texto solicitando información personal, como su número de Seguro Social o la contraseña de una cuenta en línea.
  • Un mensaje pidiendo que haga clic en un enlace para resolver un problema, ganar un premio o acceder a un servicio.
  • Un mensaje diciendo ser de una agencia gubernamental.
  • Un texto ofreciendo pruebas, tratamiento o ayuda financiera relacionados con el coronavirus, o solicitando datos personales para el rastreo de contactos.

Source: Action News 


Warning Signs of a Possible Scam

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Sample message:

"There are several signs that indicate you might be dealing with a scammer. Remember that if something doesn't seem right, you can always hang up or walk away. Scammers often want you to make a quick decision without thinking about it. Slow down, do your own research about the offer or consult with someone you trust."

Source: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


 

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