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Tips & Tricks for Avoiding Scams

Trick the Scammers & Follow These Tips


In the world today, scammers are around every corner. We have complied these tips and tricks as well as some current local scams that we are aware of to help you avoid being the next victim. 
 
  • Avoid answering calls from numbers you do not know. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from a billing department, hang up and contact the company via one of their customer service lines to verify.
  • Scammers will try to get your personal information. If you are not expecting a request, do not give out any personal information online or over the phone.
  • If you feel pressured to act right away or if you are threatened to give any personal information, hang up immediately. Scammers use fear as a tactic to get information from victims. 
  • A common form of payment that scammers will require is gift cards. You should never have to pay any legitimate bill with gift cards.

Here are some scams that customers have reported in our area. 

  • Unemployment Email Scam - Never click on links from anyone claiming they are from the unemployment department. You need to go directly to the Kansas Department of Labor website if you suspect unemployment fraud.
  • Home Warranty Mail Scam - Scammers are mailing out letters stating your "home warranty that is secured by (insert bank name here) is expiring and you must call us to get your Home Warranty up to date." THIS IS A SCAM! Do not call them. If you question the document call your bank directly. 
  • Amazon Email Scam - If you receive an email saying your Amazon account has been put on hold and all recent purchases will be suspended until you update your information, STOP! Do not click on any links in the email. Call your card company and verify with them if any charges have been added.
 
Holiday scams to watch out for this holiday season.
 
  • To Good to be True - A common practice for scammers is to set up websites to lure people in by using extremely low prices on holiday gifts. Search the web to verify the site before you give out personal information. If it seems too good to be true, it usually is! Never click on links or give out personal information to receive special deals or discounts.
  • Shipping Scams - Online shopping is a fast way to get those gifts, it's also a fast way for scammers to get your personal information. When receiving emails confirming a purchase, or an unauthorized purchase, check the email address, spelling in the email, and do not call any number or click any link within the message. Verify through another source about packages or accounts.
  • Gift Card Scams - Avoid buying gift cards from a third party or an online auction site as the card might be fake or stolen. When you purchase a gift card at the store, make sure to check the back to see if the strip that covers the PIN number has not been altered or tampered with. If possible purchase gift cards that are in sealed packages.
  • Misleading Social Media Ads - These ads can be for counterfeit items, items that will never be sent, or even free trials for something you never agreed to. Visit the Better Business Bureau to check out the business and the reviews before you buy. Go to www.bbb.org.