The Better Business Bureau warns of five scams that will surface this season more than any others and want you to stay aware and vigilant.
1. IRS Scam
This is the familiar call that looks like it comes from an “official” number and the caller claims you owe taxes that must be paid or a lien will be put on your property. The IRS doesn’t make calls. Oftentimes you will get a letter and you can call the IRS yourself to verify all information. If you are uncertain, do your own digging.
2. The Fake Check Scam
If it is too good to be true, it usually is. This scam has a variety of manifestations, but often you as a mark are asked to deposit a check into your account and withdraw a fraction of the funds and hand them over to the person who gave you the check who says you can keep the lion share of the rest for your trouble. Only, the check isn’t real and will bounce causing you financial hardship.
3. Lottery Scam
You didn’t enter a lottery, but have been informed that you have won millions in a lottery, you just have to send a deposit to claim your millions. DO NOT DO IT! It is a scam.
4. Remote Computer Scams
If anyone asks to control your computer from a remote location, deny them access. Doing so allows them access to your accounts and anything else that you do online dealing with finances. People have had their bank accounts drained this way. Keep yours safe and deny, deny, deny!
5. Fake Requests on Social Media
Social media comes with a whole lot of safety issues, but if you want to protect yourself from all of the aforementioned scams above, watch who you allow into your social media sphere.
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