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4 Scams Looking To Take Your Money

If you have any money whatsoever someone’s out there trying to get it. Some of those people aren’t nice at all, but instead of walking up to you and robbing you they’re going to try to trick the money out of you.

Most scams seem pretty easy to spot by a lot of people but if they didn’t work the scammers wouldn’t continue putting these things out there. Many come to you via email and phone calls but some of these also comes through the mail.

We put this alert out to you because both individuals and businesses get caught up in these things. As always, if something looks dicey, your best bet is to look it up online because if it’s happening to you, it’s a sure bet it’s happened to someone before you.

1. The IRS will never contact you by email. It’s just not their way. And yet, thousands of people get fooled by official looking emails saying that they owe large sums of money to the government and to click on said link to make payment arrangements, or possibly to talk to someone about it.

Some of these emails will just take you to a website and load some malware or a virus on your computer, and as nasty as that is, you’d be considering yourself lucky. Some people are led to pages where payments are requested or you’ll get a phone number to call and whoever is on the other side will try to convince you to pay them something. Just ignore all of these emails because they’re fake.

2. You might get an email from your bank saying there’s some kind of problem and you should click on a link or call a phone number. Whereas it’s possible that you might receive email from your bank, if there are ever any problems they’re going to call you first, followed up by a regular letter. Also, if you’re paying attention, you’ll also be getting lots of these same emails from banks you don’t have accounts at. Send them to your trash bin.

3. Have you ever gotten a call from the Fraternal Order of Police, saying they’re raising money for charity? This is a scam, yet they collect hundreds of thousands every year across the country. There are unions with this name but there’s no such charity. You might think about trying to call the police but they’re no help in this instance because they don’t even know where to start. Just say “no thanks” and hang up before they get into their scam pitch.

4. Every once in a while you might get an invoice in the mail for something that looks legitimate, for something you own, but it’s a scam. For instance, if you have a website you might receive something telling you that your domain is being shut down unless you pay a big amount of money.

You should know where you purchased your domain name from, even if you don’t remember when it might be up. If it didn’t come from that company you know it’s fake. Not only that, but almost all online companies are going to send you email and they’ll have a little bit of information that only they would have so you’ll know it’s legitimate. Many people pay these things without paying attention; don’t be one of those people.
 

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