The Social Security Administration has declared March 9th, 2023 as “National Slam The Scam Day” in America.
According to an article from the Office of the Inspector General on SSA.gov, in 2022 alone, victims of “government imposter scams” lost lots of cash; over $509 million dollars!
It is really easy to get scammed by these imposters. I have had good friends and family members scammed online, by phone, by mail, by text…pretty much any way they can contact you, those scammers will pounce and see if you will fall for their story.
Those scam artists count on all of us being uninformed and unprepared, so share this information with your family members and friends so we can all “Slam The Scam.” The more we know, the better off we are when we get one of those letters in the mail, online emails, texts on our smartphones, or calls on the phone.
How do they do it? Lots of times they use letterhead or logos that look almost exactly like an important government agency like the IRS or the Social Security Administration. Anytime you get a letter in the mail or an online email that appears to be from a government agency, make sure you review that material a few times for clues, or contact those agencies yourself to see if they are sending letters or emails like the one you received.
Most of the time these scammers present you with a huge financial problem or a chance to win a valuable prize. They will most likely tell you that you need to act immediately. They do this because they know if they give you a chance to check them out to see if they are legitimate, they have lost their chance to complete their scam.
Another clue to a scam being perpetrated is when the thief tells you they will solve your problem or send you the prize if you will pay them with a gift card, prepaid debit card, cryptocurrency or other similar options. If they ask you to transfer money to a “safe account,” don’t believe them.
For more details on how you can “Slam The Scam” and avoid being duped, CLICK HERE.
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.