Stop Scammers in Their Tracks

Stop Scammers in Their Tracks

How You Can Protect Yourself and Others
Kip Doyle
Computer Hacker

According to the FBI, millions of elderly Americans fall victim to some type of financial fraud or confidence scheme each year to more than $3 billion in losses.

Scam artists like to create a sense of urgency, which can create fear and push victims to make decisions they wouldn’t otherwise make. The FBI recommends resisting the pressure to act quickly. Remember, call the police if you feel that there is a danger to yourself or a loved one.

LifeLock provides the following tips:

Hang up the phone. If someone calls asking for personal or financial information, it’s OK to hang up. If the person claims to be with your bank or credit card company, call the confirmed number you have for the company to check.

Type in the URL yourself. Don’t click on email links or open email attachments, even if it appears to be from your bank or credit card company. Doing so may put your personal information or your computer at risk. Type in the URL that you have already confirmed is for the business.

Use direct deposit. Have Social Security and other benefit checks deposited directly into your bank account. This helps protect them from being physically stolen.

Shred documents. Bank statements, healthcare records and other papers with personal information should be shredded before you discard them.

LifeLock identity theft protection includes monitoring and alerts, tracking credit and financial accounts for unusual activity.

LifeLock’s monitoring capabilities provide peace of mind, especially for those who have already been victims of identity fraud, as they can often find themselves to be repeat victims.†

When bundled with Norton 360 cybersecurity software, LifeLock provides active online security, password management and more.

 

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