Identifying and Avoiding Scams
County Commissioner Robert Weinroth is providing the following information to residents as part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
Confidence games are nothing new. Scammers and ‘Con Men’ have been around long before computers were invented. However, modern technology has made it easier for criminals to interact with their victims anonymously and from a safe distance. It is more important than ever to be aware of scams and protect ourselves from becoming a victim of fraud.
The best way to avoid scammers is to understand their methods so that you can more easily identify a potential scam. It is certainly helpful to be knowledgeable and comfortable with modern technology but it’s more important to have the ability to identify the indicators of a scam regardless of the method of communication. In other words, the basic tactics of scammers are the same as they were a hundred years ago but now they have utilized computers to expand and scale-out their operations.
There are many free public resources to help you identify and avoid scams, but the best single resource is the Federal Trade Commission (ftc.gov). Their ‘Consumer Infomation’ website includes a ‘Scams’ section with an abundance of information and resources. The following tips about identifying and avoiding scams are from the FTC website:
Four Signs That It’s a Scam
- Scammers PRETEND to be from an organization you know.
- Scammers often pretend to be…