Say no to Scams
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It's so easy to become a victim. It can happen so fast. Before you know it, you've clicked "send" and you’re out hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Scam artists are working full-time at ripping you off. And after one scam bites the dust, the scam artists are ready with another one. It's no wonder so many people fall prey, scam artists make it very easy and they are so convincing.
There's no typical fraud victim. Even some of our members have fallen prey to these scams! Scammers don't care who you are, how old you are, or how much you earn. They're just after your hard-earned money.
Here are some tips so you don’t become a victim:
- Spot imposters. Scammers often pretend to be someone you trust, like a government official, a family member, a charity, or a company you do business with. Don’t send money or give out personal information in response to an unexpected request — whether it comes as a text, a phone call, or an email.
- Don’t believe your caller ID. Technology makes it easy for scammers to fake caller ID information, so the name and number you see aren’t always real. If someone calls asking for money or personal information, hang up. If you think the caller might be telling the truth, call back to a number you know is genuine.
- Don’t pay upfront for a promise. Someone might ask you to pay in advance for things like debt relief, credit and loan offers, mortgage assistance, or a job. They might even say you’ve won a prize, but first, you have to pay taxes or fees. If you do, they will probably take the money and disappear.
- Talk to someone. Before you give up your money or personal information, talk to someone you trust. Con artists want you to make decisions in a hurry. They might even threaten you. Slow down, check out the story, do an online search, consult an expert — or just tell a friend.
- Don’t deposit a check and wire money back. If a check you deposit turns out to be a fake, you’re responsible for repaying the bank.
- Hang up on robocalls. If you answer the phone and hear a recorded sales pitch, hang up! These calls are illegal, and often the products are bogus. Don’t press 1 to speak to a person or to be taken off the list. That could lead to more calls.
Soo Co-op Credit Union will NEVER ask for your personal or financial information via email or text message or by phone. But many scam artists will! We recommend that you approach all unsolicited e-mail, phone calls and text messages with a degree of suspicion.