SCAMS ARE EASIER TO SPOT WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Keep these 3 red flags in mind to stop a scam before it happens.
Scammers will pressure you to act quickly in order to avoid facing an alarming consequence (jail time, large financial penalties, loss of access to records.) In any legitimate transaction or service request, you never need to act fast.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO: Slow down. End the conversation and give yourself a minute to assess the situation. You can always reach out to an official channel to find out if the scenario is legitimate.
ASKING FOR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Anyone unexpectedly calling, emailing, or texting to ask for personal or financial details should make you suspicious – only give that information to verified institutions you contact via an official channel (verified phone number, secured website, etc.)
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO: Don’t give out your personal or financial information to unsolicited contacts. If you are uncertain, contact an official channel to verify what information you may need to provide.
UNUSUAL PAYMENT METHODS AND FAKE FEES
Scammers ask you to pay for things that don’t require payment — like your benefits and records — with suspicious methods like gift cards or wire transfers that make it nearly impossible to get your money back.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO: Never send money to someone who insists on a form of payment that can’t be refunded.
Members of the military community across the nation have experienced scams firsthand. Hear their stories.