Many people go away for vacation or make more frequent purchases, making summer a prime time for scammer and identity thieves. Here are some tips to help you avoid becoming a victim this summer:
If you’re going away for vacation and leaving your house unoccupied, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail. Identity thieves often target mailboxes for sensitive information that they can use to steal your identity.
Fraudsters may call you or send you an email claiming that you owe the IRS money. If you receive a suspicious call or email, even if your caller ID says it’s from the IRS, do not respond or send money. Contact the IRS at 800-829-1040 to verify any details.
Fake Family Distress
If you receive an email or social media message from a family member asking for money, contact other relatives to be sure that the message is legitimate. Scammers who gain access to personal accounts may attempt to get money from friends and relatives in the user’s list of contacts. Never send money by Western Union or prepaid debit card to an unknown source.