Identification of Fraud

Fraud can be recognized in a number of ways. I'm discussing here three. The first is what I want to call "Something for nothing". It has hit our country, but it continues because of the natural desire of immediate wealth. The "Something for anything" type of scam means that someone sends you by email, usually from another country, and wants to give you big money to transfer a check that they will send to you and return them the money. The same applies to lottery ads. Newsflash: You did not win anything. If you pay money from them and send them the portion they want to get back when the bank finds out that it is fake then the bank has to pay a full amount.

2nd Number: Misspelling. I'm not an English-speaking expert, but 99% of emails that have been scammed contain a lot of incorrect spells. If I travel to another country, it would be very difficult to get language and spelling. This is another good way to detect fraud.

The last way to detect fraud when the sender asks for personal information, such as account numbers, or asking them to click on a link to get to their website. Sometimes the link will show you one thing, but the webpage you really go to is a fake site that steals your information. As my mom says, there's nothing wrong with asking if you do not know. If you suspect an email or a physical mail, ask me or another specialist. Safer than I'm sorry.

Report Fraud

There are several ways to report fraud. One is to contact the FBI Internet Criminal Complaint Center (IC3). You can fill out the online offense notification form and on the FBI website, you can sign up for updates when you report new fraud and warnings.

Another way to report fraudulent internet fraud is to contact the company whose name was involved. For example, if you received a suspicious email from someone who claims that Wells Fargo, there is a page on Wells Fargo's website to report it. The same applies to other companies such as Citi, Best Buy, Ebay, Paypal, etc.

Finally, email addresses are generally available to send suspicious e-mails. One is the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The email address spam@uce.gov . Your email provider may also list a title for the transmission of suspected fraud emails.

Protect yourself

It's a shame that you have to cover up with something like this, but online scams and identity thefts are alarmingly high. There are several ways to protect yourself.

1) Do not reply to any emails that appear suspicious.

2) Never give personal information to someone you do not know.

3) Do not click on any link if you are not sure about the sender of the email.

4) Log in to identity theft service, such as LifeLock.

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