Avoiding Financial Scams and Identity Theft Slams

Written by Robin Young, CFP® on .

Who Are They?

What Do They Want? Your Money and Your Life

How Will They Get It? However They Can!

What Should You Look For? Ten Red Flags

  1. An offer that sounds too good to be true.
  2. A stranger who wants to be your real or virtual best friend.
  3. When someone you know is behaving oddly via email or phone. (It may be an identity thief.)
  4. Someone claiming to represent a tax agency, financial or legal firm, police department or other authority contacts you out of the blue, demanding money or information.
  5. You’re feeling pressured or tricked into responding RIGHT AWAY to a threat, a temptation or a curiosity.
  6. You’re prioritizing easy access over solid security (weak or absent locks and passwords).
  7. You’re sharing personal information in a public venue (including social media).
  8. Facts or figures aren’t adding up; bank statements, reports or other info is missing entirely.
  9. Your defenses are down: You’re ill, injured, grieving, experiencing dementia or feeling blue.
  10. Your gut feel is warning you: Something seems off.

What Can You Do? Quite a Lot!

Online Protection

Suspicious Phone Calls

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