South San Francisco, CA October 29, 2020
Scammers continue to become bolder making it easy for us to be duped. Check out this email, do you see the sender in the top left corner? It says Yahoo, yet the email address is <firstname.lastname@example.org>, would you have caught that prior to clicking their link? How often are you inclined to read all of your email prior to clicking on links? This is how they get us.
Many of us are overwhelmed with information and the constant changes we see on our computer programs, thus making us easier targets by those who wish to do us harm.
Let this serve as a reminder to always carefully read who is the actual email sender prior to clicking on any links within an email.
By taking the time to report these types of scams we are helping others not to be duped.
Report Most Common Scams – it takes less than 10 minutes!
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the main agency that collects scam reports. Report your scam online with the FTC complaint assistant, or by phone at 1-877-382-4357 (9:00 AM – 8:00 PM, ET). The FTC accepts complaints about most scams, including these popular ones:
- Phone calls
- Computer support scams
- Imposter scams
- Fake checks
- Demands for you to send money (check, wire transfers, gift cards)
- Student loan or scholarship scams
- Prize, grants, and sweepstakes offers
The FTC also collects reports of identity theft. Report identity theft online at IdentityTheft.gov or by phone at 1-877-438-4338 (9:00 AM – 8:00 PM, ET).
For more from the FTC CLICK HERE