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10 Tips for Avoiding a Scam

Staying safe from scams and identity theft is important. Protect yourself and your personal information with these helpful 10 tips for avoiding a scam.

  1. Never send money to someone you have never met face-to-face.
  2. Don't click on links or open attachments in unsolicited email or text messages.
  3. Don't believe everything you see. Scammers are great at mimicking official seals, fonts, brands and other details. Just because a website or email looks official does not mean it is. Even Caller ID can be faked. 
  4. Don't buy online unless the transaction is secure. Make sure the website has an "https" in the URL (the extra "s" is for "secure") and a small lock icon on the address bar. Even then, the site could still be shady. Research the company first at
  5. Be extremely cautious when dealing with anyone you've met online.
  6. Never share personally identifiable information with someone who has contacted you unsolicited. 
  7. Don't be pressured to act immediately.
  8. Use secure, trackable transactions when making payments for goods, services, taxes and debts.
  9. Whenever possible, work with businesses that have proper identification, licensing, and insurance.
  10. Be cautious about what you share on social media.

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