This week, instead of focusing on how to avoid a scam, we're looking at what you should do if you've already fallen victim to one.
Scams This Week 4/26/22
April 26, 2022
So you've been scammed. Now what?
- Take a breath: You are not alone. People of all ages and demographics fall for scams each day
- Stop contact: Hang up, stop messaging, cut off communication. If you allowed access to your computer or device unplug it immediately.
- Report to Financial Institution: Contact your bank, credit company, or any payment platform (PayPal, Peer-2-Peer, Western union, USPS, FedEX ect…) and attempt to reverse the transaction.
- Report to Law Enforcement: Reach out to your local police department. You should also contact the Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Protection, and the Better Business Bureau (if it is a business) to report the scam.
If you feel your personal information was compromised:
- Change all your passwords.
- Report to 3 credit bureaus (Experian, Trans Union, Equifax).
- Report the scammer on whatever platform you used.