Your BBB® has learned that area residents are receiving scam emails asking them to wire money. The fake emails are usually very professionally done and claiming to represent a company that you usually do business with, a utility company and the list goes on. These fake emails sometimes get your personal information by hacking into a business’s account and using their database. Do you know how to spot fake emails?
- Don’t wire money to someone you’ve never met before. If you are asked to make a payment, look into the said company or call your BBB for help.
- Contact the company at a number you know to be correct and ask them if they recently sent you an email asking for a payment.
- Don’t open email attachments, even if you know the sender. Some of these attachments contain malware that will jeopardize your computer.
If you have already wired money to a scammer, here’s what you need to do:
- If the money was sent through your bank, contact them immediately and ask for a wire recall. If you used a service like Western Union or MoneyGram, call their complaint lines as soon as possible!
- Report the scam to the FTC, the BBB and the FBI’s Crime Complaint center at gov. Try to provide as much information as you can and remember: the sooner you act on it, the faster you will get help!
- In case your bank requests a police report, you can give them a copy of your ic3.gov report.
If you think you’ve been victimized by a scam, don’t forget to report it to bbb.org/Scamtracker!
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