Lottery and Sweepstakes Scams
You receive a check and letter announcing you have won a large sum of money. The letter tells you to deposit the check and wire funds in the same amount to cover fees, insurance and taxes. Ultimately, the check is counterfeit and the money you send is lost.
Medical Alert Scam
You receive a call from someone claiming to be with Medicare or another government office. The caller will ask for personal information, such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers. You might be given any number of reasons to provide this information, including that they are issuing new cards, an error needs to be fixed or that your information needs to be updated.
You receive a call from someone claiming to be your grandchild. The caller often claims to have gotten into a predicament in a different state, and asks you to wire money to them to post bail or pay for damages. The money ultimately goes to a scam artist, and you are out possibly thousands of dollars. BBB warns that the scam artist may use social media to lace the conversation with correct references to other family members, increasing credibility.
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