How to avoid government impersonation, telemarketing fraud
In 2019, the Federal Trade Commission received nearly 400,000 complaints alleging imposter fraud claims totaling $152.9 million. Officials suspect those figures substantially underestimate the extent of fraud because many victims do not report their losses.
The FTC offers the following tips on avoiding fraud:
* Don’t wire money, send cash, or use gift cards or cryptocurrency to pay someone who says they’re with the government. Scammers ask you to pay these ways because it’s hard to track that money, and almost impossible to get it back. They’ll take your money and disappear.
* Don’t give your financial or other personal information to someone who calls, texts, or emails and says they’re with the government. If you think a call or message could be real, stop. Hang up the phone and call the government agency directly at…