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Don’t fall for fake calls about your taxes

Sometimes scammers will call your cell phone instead of sending emails. This is called vishing. A scammer may pretend to be a government official and tell you that you have unpaid taxes. They’ll likely then tell you that you have to pay them immediately or you will go to jail. Hang up — this is […]

Be wary if a vendor pressures you to act quickly

Hackers don’t want to give you time to think about an offer, because you may figure out their scheme. They might tell you that the offer is only valid for one day, or even just the next few minutes. Always be wary of such an offer and research the vendor in question before moving forward.

Know the difference between a contact tracer and a scammer

In order to track the spread of the coronavirus, contact tracers might reach out to you if you took a COVID-19 test or if someone you know has tested positive. You should be aware of the signs for when someone is pretending to be a contact tracer, but is really a scammer trying to get […]

Look out for tracking information after you order something online

If you buy something online, the vendor should send tracking information as soon as the item is shipped. If it’s been a few days outside of their shipping window, try contacting the vendor to see what the delay is. If you don’t hear anything back, it’s possible that it was a fraudulent organization, and it […]

Beware of phishing scams related to the COVID-19 vaccine

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently warned about potential scams related to the coronavirus. Now that vaccines are being rolled out and people are waiting their turns, scammers may contact people and tell them that they can sign up for a vaccine by providing personal information. Research where vaccines are being offered in your area […]

Don’t ever give out your DoorDash password

DoorDash tells its customers, “No one from DoorDash will ever request your password or security code, nor will anyone from DoorDash ever give you a specific password you should use.” A scammer may try to steal your personal information by sending a text message or calling and pretending to be Support. They may even know […]