The BS meter was ringing in my head, alarms were sounding, and warning lights flashing. So, I asked if she had moved to Wisconsin and if she had worked on any new art projects. Well, I guess their own bell and sirens alerted them that I wasn’t buying it, and they blocked me. I wanted to post the conversation, but Facebook caught up with them and disabled the account. Before that, I was prevented from continuing to message them, which is excellent. Long story short, if it looks like a scam, sounds like a scam, there is a pretty high chance it is. Things to Consider:
- Grammatical errors (I know I am not the poster child for the English language. Don’t judge me.)
- Misspelled words
- Addresses that do not match the location of the agency
- Modified logos
- If you live in the United States, it is illegal to play the Nigerian lottery. You did not win.
- The IRS will not demand you pay them money without sending you a notice in the mail.
- The Attorney General is not sending demanding money from you
- Do your research to verify charities are legitimate before sending money
- When working with contractors, repair services, tree removal, medical…anything you can think of
- Verify licensing information (most service providers have a license or certification that can be verified)
- Check reviews and complaints before making a commitment
- If someone calls offering a service, ask them if they can call you back in 24 hours to give you time to think about it.
- If no services are required, say no thank you
- Try to avoid contractors that just show up at your door(Remember: Look up reviews and licenses)
- You may not be protected if something goes wrong
- Report anything suspicious
- Check your monthly bill statements for miscellaneous charges
- Call the agency/company to verify and/or dispute charges
- Do not provide anyone demanding money with your banking information
- If you owe money on an account and you’re unsure if the call is legitimate, tell them you will get back with them
- Hang up and call back using the number listed on your statement
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