When the worst happens, it is terrible to think that scammers are waiting to strike. Hurricanes, tropical storms, floods, forest fires…there’s no shortage of natural events that leave devastation in their wake. However, for too many disaster victims, falling into a criminal’s trap can make a horrible situation devastatingly worse.
Social media is a great tool for keeping in touch with friends and family, sharing the news about upcoming events, and just generally staying “in the know.” Unfortunately, it’s also a hotbed of scams and fraudulent activity which travels the globe under the guise of being genuine, interesting posts.
One common scam that targets individuals of various demographics is the “verification” scam, and it’s so prevalent simply because it works. A caller explains there’s an issue with your account or your profile, which is already alarming, but then says that for your safety and security they need you to verify your account information.
A surprising new study has found that one particular scam is hitting a specific group of consumers harder than other groups, and you might think this group would know better.
FTC Shuts Down Two Tech Support Scams
In the realm of punishing the perpetrators of internet scams and fraud, it can feel like looking for a needle in a global haystack.
It may be hard to believe, but there just might be a feeling worse than that of being the victim of a scam: sitting on the sidelines while someone you care about is victimized.
Unfortunately, with Memorial Day fast approaching, scammers are out in full force to commit fraud surrounding veterans and military service.