It was our pleasure to be able to speak to the great people at the Dorothy Visser Senior Center in San Clemente about the dangers of both telemarketing and internet fraud.
The big takeaways:
Screen your calls. Once a telemarketer gets you on the phone, your chances go up by 75% of getting taken in.
Do not open emails from people you do not know.
The IRS scam calls that tell people that are going to be arrested are just that- scams. The IRS does not make these types of call. If the IRS wants to get in touch with you, they do it through the mail.
Do not fall for “Sweepstakes” scams that ask for your account numbers to deposit money.
Everyone gets a free credit report every year by law.
Check yours to make sure there has been no unusual activity
The FBI supplies the following ways to report a crime
- Use our ;
- Contact your local FBI field office or closest international office;
- To report suspicious activity involving chemical, biological, or radiological materials, call (toll-free): 855-TELL-FBI or 855-835-5324.
- Report an online scam or e-mail hoax by filing a complaint online with our Internet Crime Complaint Center or by using our online Tips and Public Leads form;
- To provide information on select major cases, call our Major Case Contact Center at 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324)