6 Tips to Avoid Online Fraud
Picture this: you receive an email from the Social Security Administration asking you to update your personal information. By clicking the update button, you mistakenly download a fake anti-virus program that wreaks havoc on your computer. This scenario can happen to anyone. Below are six steps you can take to ensure it doesn't happen to you.
- Think twice before providing information. Don't provide credit card or bank account numbers unless you are actually paying for something on a secure, reputable site.
- Be wary of sharing personal information. Companies where you have accounts should not email you asking for personal information they already have. Never enter your Social Security number online.
- Beware of downloads. Download programs only from websites that you know and trust. Never open attachments or click links in emails unless you're certain of the sender.
- Watch out for imposters. Scammers often send emails pretending to be connected to government, charities or well-known businesses. If you aren't sure if you're dealing with the real thing, call and ask.
- Be skeptical of online pharmacies. Some "pharmacies" promise cheaper, better prescription drugs but send buyers counterfeits instead. Make sure the seller is properly licensed by checking with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.
- Avoid “friending” strangers. Don't accept friend requests on social media from people you don't know.
It's a good idea to monitor your credit reports and report suspicious activity immediately. You can also file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.
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