Imposter scams appear to be the biggest con targeting Washington residents. The information comes from data collected by the Federal Trade Commission in 2015.
Of the 45,000 FTC complaints collected in Washington, 22 percent were imposter scams.
Imposters work their magic by pretending to be someone from a trusted organization, a high profile company or government agency.
Here’s a look at the BBB’s most common imposter scams:
To avoid getting caught up in these types of scams remember to never give out personal information over the phone. If someone is calling you claiming to be with the IRS, hang up. You can call the IRS at (800 829-1040 or visit irs.gov to verify if they’ve been trying to contact you. Also, do not download anything that pops up on your computer.
If you think you have a virus and need assistance setting up a firewall or anti-virus program, find a trusted computer repair company at bbb.org.
To learn more about the top scams plaguing Washington visit www.ftc.gov/sentinel.
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