Protecting your personal identifying information (PII) from scammers is a vital step in staying safe online and protecting your data and security. In the last few years we’ve seen a significant rise in attempts from fraudsters to obtain
PII from people. Whether it be a version of a Business Email Compromise or the recent
Covid-19 scams, fraudsters are
always looking for a new way to obtain your data. And now, a recent trend known as Government Imposter Scams have become an increasing concern.
In 2020, consumers reported 498,000 imposter scams to the FTC; nearly one in five reported losing money with losses totaling nearly $1.2 billion. Almost one-third of the scams involved someone posing as a government representative. This concerning
fraud trend has been surfacing in a variety of ways, typically phone calls, texts, emails or social media direct messages that pretend to speak on behalf of a government agency urging you to take immediate action to avoid a negative consequence. These messages or calls can take many forms with some of the most common being someone posing as an IRS agent saying you owe back taxes, or a fake call from someone pretending to be from the Social Security Administration or Medicare office telling you that you’re benefits have been suspended due to a Covid-19 related office closure. These scammers are posing as a trusted source to trick you into delivering funds or other vital information.
To avoid falling for a Government Imposter Scam, follow these steps:
Report the scam to the FTC at: https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/ . Tell your bank, and be sure to share these tips with your friends and
Learn more about Government Imposter Scams here.
We are here to help keep you and your information safe. Whether we are providing tips on how to stay safe, sharing the most current fraud trends or monitoring your accounts for potentially fraudulent activity, you can rest assured that we work
around the clock to protect your information from fraudulent activity.
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