Con artists are getting more resourceful in victimizing people. The most common types of scams attack through fake emails, text messages, voice calls, letters, or even someone surprising you at your doorstep saying that they know you. If they have upgraded their methods, you need to be one step ahead of them.

Checking for the Red Flags

There are indicators to look out for to determine if you are being targeted by a scammer. There is a popular saying, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is”. Anything that sounds like it is too good to be true is a warning sign of a scam. The scammer will also ask you to act in an urgent manner. Sometimes they will make threats as a law enforcer. They will also blind you with guarantees of easy success and unusually high returns. If you observe keenly, you will notice that they are not really affiliated with the company they appear to be representing. The simplest red flag is your gut will make you feel that something is off, so trust your instincts. It is always better to be safe than to be sorry.

Playing it Safe: Outsmarting the Scammers

If you come across the above reg flag, you may want to check for ways to avoid being scammed. First is not to respond. You can ask your manager to check the email or text you have received. Do not trust anyone that you do not know, and do not give your information. Lastly, do research and validate.

Nobody wants to be a victim of a scam, so can you out smart them by asking yourself, “Am I safe? Or am I being scammed?”

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