Saturday, July 7, 2018

FTC Scam Alert: Scammers create fake emergencies to get your money

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information
by Carol Kando-Pineda
Attorney, Division of Consumer and Business Education

Scammers try to trick you into thinking a loved one is in trouble. They call, text, email, or send messages on social media about a supposed emergency with a family member or friend. They ask you to send money immediately. 

To make their story seem real, they may claim to be an authority figure, like a lawyer or police officer; they may have or guess at facts about your loved one. These impostors may insist that you keep quiet about their demand for money to keep you from checking out their story and identifying them as impostors. 

But no matter how real or urgent this seems — it's a scam.

This is a free service provided by the Federal Trade Commission.

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