What’s real and what’s a scam? There’s a new tool that can help you figure it out.
Scammers love Southwest Florida — a large population of retirees with time on their hands and often far away from their loved ones.
But a little information can help turn the tables on those would-be scammers. The Attorney General’s Office is helping you do just that.
They rolled out a new website called “Scams at a Glance.” There you can review and print scam alerts from the Attorney General’s Office to learn how to identify scams such as imposters, tech support, IRS, price gouging and census fraud.
These scams often have some common characteristics including:
- Unsolicited call or emails
- High-pressure tactics
- Demand immediate payment
Never wire money or send gift cards, don’t open email attachments or give personal information.
If you get a call asking for personal or banking information, just hang up. If someone tries to scam you, report it to local law enforcement or the FBI.
COVID-19 SCAM RESOURCES
FBI | Protect Your Wallet — and Your Health — from Pandemic Scammers
FTC | Coronavirus Advice for Consumers — Avoid Coronavirus Scams