Do not share your bank account information with anyone who offers you money from a settlement.
Who Is It Targeting: Email users
What Is It: A spam email that requests your bank account info
What Are They After: In this scam that appears to originate from the FTC, recipients are told they’re eligible for money from the government’s case against Western Union. All you have to do to receive your big-but-believable amount of money is give them your bank account information and routing number so they can electronically deposit your funds. Instead, they drain your account.
How Can You Avoid It:
- If you’re ever due money as a result of a lawsuit or settlement, you will receive written verification.
- Never give your bank account or other financial account information to anyone who reaches out to you.
- There is no “free” money floating around; you would know if you were part of a class-action lawsuit.
If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530.