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Preventing Scams & Fraud

Scams are rapidly becoming more prevalent in the age of digitization. Protect yourself and others by understanding the signs of fraud & learning how to report it.

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FraudTrac & Scam Watch

Scammers and con artists target unsuspecting people through many different scams. The recent pandemic and related chaos have provided them with new excuses to exploit innocent victims. Scams are happening online, via email, through the post, and on the phone.

FraudTrac functions as an online resource for the community. We are here to track fraud rates, collect reports, and spread awareness of malicious incidents near you. Additionally, we want to teach you how to prevent scams and fraud by looking out for tell-tale signs of criminal activity.

Let’s have a look at some common signs of fraud/scam:

Constant Vigilance

Be wary of unknown calls and messages from individuals and businesses online and offline. Do not interact immediately. Note that if the offer looks too good to be true, there is a fair chance it is. Always consider the possibility that the offerings and services might be a trick to get your personal details.

Do Your Research

Scammers pretend to be law enforcement agencies, local companies, or even friends.  Thoroughly examine and research uninvited/unexpected messages before correspondence. You can do this by Googling their website and reading online reviews on our state-based business directory.

If the message comes from a personal address or contact, ask around. You’ll know if it’s legitimate or not if other people have received/sent such a message.

Protect Your Personal Information

Don’t share personal information (i.e. addresses, passwords, social security number, credit card number, login credentials, and other details) online. Make sure your social media interactions do not disclose anything.  Otherwise, they will give scammers a chance to create fake profiles and misuse the acquired information.

Don’t Pay Up Front

Scams often need an immediate response and ask you to wire the money to claim the prize (or any other service). Never send direct payments via courier or online transactions if you did not register in the competition nor use the alleged services.

Time-sensitive sales pitches and ultimatums from unknown people/places tend to be scams. Most authorized businesses will not ask you to pay for a prize or wire tax money. These transactions are usually imposed by scammers who want to make money through wrongful methods.

Pause. Think. Fight against Fraud.

Whenever you are stuck in a situation where strangers are asking for money, consider the implications. Act wisely by researching the source of the message and avoiding answering personal questions/sharing security details. If the scammer does not back-off, or you notice something suspicious, contact us.

FraudTrac will investigate the reported crime and send updates to all users. That way, everyone will be aware of the potential threat and do their best to avoid it. We will also collaborate with local authorities to put an end to exploitive businesses and fake profiles.

Get in touch with FraudTrac for
further information on how to report a scam.