It is that time of year when we get to spend time with family and friends and think about what 2022 will bring. Unfortunately, it is also the time of year when there is elevated activity by identity thieves designed to trick you into giving them your personal or financial information.
Here are some common identity theft scams and some tips to keep from falling victim to them:
- Email phishing scams involve emails sent by identity thieves in an effort to get you to respond or click on a fake web address. You can protect yourself from this scheme by verifying all email addresses and typing in the correct web address of your institution instead of using the link in the email.
- Identity thieves can also run their schemes via snail mail. Such a scam could involve the creation of a fraudulent document that appears to be from your financial institution in an effort to get you to call or visit a web address that will steal your information. The best way to protect your data is to go paperless with your financial institutions and Gamble Jones. You will be able to view your information using your personal portal with your financial institutions.
- Phone call scams from thieves claiming to be from the IRS (or another government agency) or a credit card company and demanding payment have been growing more prevalent over the years. The FBI will tell you that the government will not call you. If you get a call from your credit card company, hang up and call the number on the back of your card to verify whether you have a balance that is past due.
We at Gamble Jones want you and your personal and financial information to stay safe and protected. Scams like these can be scary, but the more you know about them, the better protected you become. In today’s world, it is always best to take the extra step and verify before you give out your personal or financial information.
Thank you for being a part of the Gamble Jones family. If any of your family, friends, or neighbors could use our help, we would love to meet them.