If You Fall Prey to a Scam, Report It
If you’re a victim of online fraud, contact the authorities. You can file an online report with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)-a partnership between the FBI, the National White Collar Crime Center, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Also contact your local police to file a report. The more people who report such crimes, the more criminals are arrested. This is how to protect yourself online, but also know how to protect yourself over the phone. Don’t fall for these common phone scams that could steal your money.
Guard Your Personal Information
Never respond to requests for personal or account information online (or over the phone). When your social security number is requested as an identifier, ask if you can provide alternate information. Watch out for convincing imitations of banks, card companies, charities and government agencies. Use legitimate sources of contact information to verify requests for information, such as your financial institution’s official website or the telephone number listed on statements. Watch out! This is how the “Find My iPhone” feature can make you a target for scammers.