How to Recognize a Phone Scam

  1. Some scammers say you “”won a prize”” and try to make you pay something to claim your prize. This is a scam.
  2. Government law enforcement and debt collection offices will never call you and threaten you. Any calls like this are scams.
  3. Scammers will try to pressure you to make a decision on the spot. These calls aren’t from legitimate businesses.
  4. Some scammers offer payment options in gift cards and cash because it’s harder to get your money back.
  5. A government agency, like Social Security, will never call you to confirm your identity or private information. 

Helpful tip for avoiding phone scams:

Never answer the phone if you don’t recognize the phone number.

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How to Recognize a Phone Scam

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