No person is exempt from experiencing a scam. Scammers are clever and employ psychological tactics to hijack rational thought. These are some things to look out for…
- Trust – e.g., posing as brands or people you know to reveal more of your personal information. So if you’re not expecting a call, email or text, contract the company or person directly.
- Urgency – e.g., missing out on parcel delivery, receiving a fine, jail time, or claiming your prize in time. Pause. Breathe. Don’t buy into the apparent urgency.
- Isolation e.g., when on a call, they insist you stay on the phone the entire time so you cannot speak to friends, or family, or end up calling your actual provider, or institution they’re posing as. Hang up. Call a trusted friend for perspective.
We do our best to prevent innocent people from being scammed and hope this content will help prevent future fraudulent crimes. However, we cannot be held responsible for the actions of scammers or for those who inadvertently give their details to scammers. Scams are ever-evolving so please stay up-to-date to stay safe.