When approached with the right situation, we can all be susceptible to falling for a scam. Unfortunately, doing good and helping others, while noble, can make us targets of scammers and fraudsters.
The Scam Awareness Alliance aims to reduce the effectiveness of scams by spotlighting the tricks and scenarios fraudsters use.
We shouldn’t stop being kind or giving, but learning the “red flags” of scams and practicing safe habits may keep you, or someone you love, from becoming a statistic.
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The promise of a big win is hard to resist. A "red flag" of a lottery scam is the requirement to send money to release the funds or pay taxes and fees.
Matters of the heart can blur common sense. If you're asked to send money to a new acquaintance, often with a sense of urgency, be alert to this "red flag" – it may be a scam.
Receiving a frantic phone call that involves a person in need can cause panic and confusion. Create a "red flag" by making sure family members can recognize these scams.
Try to document as soon as possible, with as much detail:
File a report of the scam:
If you’ve been the victim of an online scam: