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Recognize charity scams

Charity scams are a predictable feature of any major disaster. Usually, these scams have tell-tale signs such as typos, odd return email addresses and aggressive marketing language. Just to be safe, check for guidance from bodies such as the Federal Trade Commission, and avoid opening any messages with senders you don’t recognize.

Never share your Medicare number with anyone except your doctor

When you receive your Medicare card in the mail, put it in a secure place where no one will find it. And if someone contacts you by phone or email asking for your Medicare number, don’t give it to them. Cybercriminals who pose as health care professionals can use this information to steal your identity.

Read seller reviews when shopping online

When you enter your payment information into a form online, you should be 100% sure that the source is trustworthy. Many scammers will pose as online sellers, or implant malware into the code of legitimate retailers with vulnerable pages. If you’re browsing on a site that you’re unfamiliar with, don’t buy anything without doing some […]

How do you avoid being a phishing victim

Be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls or email messages from individuals asking about personal information. If you are unsure whether an email request is legitimate, try to verify it by contacting the company directly. Do not use contact information provided on a website connected to the request; instead, check previous statements for contact information.

Look out for tech support scams

Chances are that when you need technical support, you’ll reach out to the company – not the other way around. The latter situation is common with many scams, though. Someone will call or email you and ask you to take a few (likely compromising) steps, such as revealing your Social Security number or account login […]

Guard against USPS Informed Delivery scams

Informed Delivery is a USPS service that provides an email digest containing scanned images of incoming mail, along with options for managing delivery. Some scammers have exploited it by signing up with carefully targeted addresses and then intercepting the recipients’ mail. Consider enrolling and protecting your account with a strong password to avoid this possibility.