WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut Better Business Bureau is looking at the past patterns of fraud, and is offering three tips on how to avoid it this year.
- Be Discerning on Social Media : sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are great ways to stay connected with people and to network, but you should be strict about who you accept as a friend. A lot of scammers create fake social media accounts, and can learn a lot from your profile if you accept people you don’t know.Just as marketers and advertisers mine your personal information to learn how to best target you, so can criminals.
- Check it, Twice: Take that extra step to double check that it’s not a scam. Last year, the use of text message scams, called “smishing”, were a common way for crooks to send bank alerts requesting consumers to verify their information. In a case like this, the best thing to do is to check with your bank. Also common last year, scammers targeting people on sites like eBay. Always be sure to check with the website or PayPal to confirm payments.
- Your Phone is Still a Target: Even as online fraud and data breaches continue to dominate the news, scammers are still targeting consumers by phone calls. Last year we learned from the widespread “Affordable Care Act Scam,” “Do Not Call Scam,” and the “Medical Alert Scam,” telemarketing scams are still alive and more convincing than ever.
The Better Business Bureau says to always use common sense, and trust your instincts.