Rules to Avoid being Scammed

RULE # 1 Don’t be afraid to say NO!

  • Say NO, hang up, and get some advice.
  • Say NO until you have received all information in writing.
  • Say NO and explain that you would like to speak to a lawyer of your choice before agreeing to pay government “fines” or “fees.”
  • Never be bullied into agreeing with the caller without further information and don’t provide further information to them.

RULE # 2 If it sounds too good to be true… it probably is

  •  If the person contacting you is offering you an easy way out of a fine or fee, or is offering something that is too good to be true… it probably is. If you have doubt contact a friend a family member or your local police for advice.
  • Always verify that the organization you’re dealing with is legitimate before you take any other action

RULE # 3 Do your research

  • Enable multi-factor authentication
  • Only log into your accounts from trusted sources
  • Don’t reveal personal information over social media

RULE # 4 Don’t give out your personal information

  • Beware of unsolicited calls where the caller asks you for personal information

RULE # 5 Beware of upfront fees

  • Many scams request that you pay fees in advance of receiving goods or a prize. They may even pressure you into making a payment as quickly as possible to solve a legal problem or hold an item. If someone is asking you for upfront payments this should immediately raise a RED FLAG for you.

RULE # 6 Protect your computer

  • Watch out for urgent-looking messages that pop up while you’re browsing online. Don’t click on them or call the number they provide
  • No legitimate company will call and claim your computer is infected with a virus
  •  Make sure you have anti-virus software installed and keep your operating system up to date
  • Never give anyone remote access to your computer. If you are having problems with your system, bring it to a local technician

RULE # 7 Protect your online accounts

  • Create a strong password by:
  • Using a minimum of 8 characters including upper and lower case letters, and at least 1 number and a symbol
  • Creating unique passwords for every online account including social networks, emails, financial and other accounts
  • Using a combination of passphrases that are easy for you to remember but hard for others to guess