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

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

July 23, 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 Impostor 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 helpful online consumer resources.

The one-minute videos— titled Family Emergency Impostor Scams, Tech Support Impostor Scams, Online Romance Impostor Scams, and IRS Impostor Scams—show consumers how they may be targeted by scammers, how to recognize an imposter scam, and where to report suspected scam attempts.

Pass It On Campaign

The videos are part of the FTC's ongoing Pass It On campaign, which encourages consumers 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!