On National Slam the Scam Day and all year round, it’s important to be aware of scammers and their tactics. Make sure your family members and friends know the warning signs of Social Security-related scams, as well as tips for avoiding them. Educating yourself and your loved ones on how to recognize and avoid these scams is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself from fraud. To make sure you are staying safe, here are some helpful tips:
- Verify all requests for your personal information. Ask yourself: Do I know the person or business who is asking?
- Research any company or organization that offers you a service or product. Use online resources to check out reviews.
- Always double-check the URL of websites before entering any information. Make sure the URL starts with ‘https’
- Use strong, unique passwords for all your online accounts.
- Never click on suspicious links and attachments sent via email, text or social media.
By following these simple tips and recognizing the basic signs of a scam you can protect yourself from becoming a victim of scams. Look out for emails, calls, or texts from people you don’t know asking for personal information or money. Be wary of offers that seem too good to be true or that require you to act immediately. Also, never give out your credit card or bank account information to anyone you don’t know. Let’s all do our part to help spread the word and #SlamTheScam 2023