Online Resources Help Consumers Learn How to Spot and Avoid Imposter Scams

Know what to watch out for so you don't become a scam victim!

Online Resources Help Consumers Learn How to Spot and Avoid Imposter Scams
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May 1, 2018

If you have a computer or a phone—or both like most of us do—then you've more than likely been contacted by a scammer at some point pretending to be someone they're not.

Whether the imposter claims to represent the IRS, another government agency, a family member or friend, or a tech company, their goal is always the same—to pose as someone you trust and trick you into sending them money.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says that it received more than 350,000 imposter-related consumer complaints last year alone.

COmmon Imposter Scams

To help educate consumers about what to watch out for and how to better recognize and avoid four common types of imposter scams, the FTC offers new online consumer resources.

The one-minute videos— Family Emergency Imposter Scams, Tech Support Imposter Scams, Online Romance Imposter Scams, and IRS Imposter Scams—show how people are targeted, how to spot the scam, and where to report it.

Pass It On Campaign

The articles are part of the agency's ongoing Pass It On campaign, which encourages older adults to help raise awareness about fraud by talking to family, friends, and neighbors about avoiding common scams.

Click here to check out these informative resources for yourself—and pass them on to your friends, family members, and coworkers. The more people who know, the less likely someone is to become a victim!