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Before sharing information or sending any money, make sure you personally know the person requesting it. If you're unsure, verify with a friend or family member first.
Watch for phishing/smishing
Cons often mislead victims into providing personal or financial information by unsolicited phone, text or email. With messages from someone you don't know, never respond or click on links or attachments.
Do an online search of a company or product name with relevant words like "scam", "claim," or even phrases like "tax call" to review information shared.
Know what to look for
Fraudsters use any means to contact victims and gain their trust before asking for money. Never send money to someone you haven't met in person or as payment for goods, services, or purchases found online.
Never send money after a check deposit
Banks are required to make funds from deposited checks available within days, but it can take weeks to know if it's a fake check. To avoid being responsible, funds from a deposited check should not be used until it officially clears.