Scams This Week 4/26/22

April 26, 2022

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.

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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.

Find more scam prevention tips on our website.

You can add Det. Thorne on Facebook or follow @DetThorneBPD on Twitter.

Contact: Boise Police Media Relations

(208) 570-6180 | BPDMedialine@cityofboise.org

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