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Credit Scams to Watch Out For in 2023

As financial technology protections become more sophisticated, so are fraudsters’ methods to scam you out of your money. To stay one step ahead, you need to be aware of the latest scams making the rounds in 2023. Thankfully, Achieve’s financial solutions are here to help you identify and avoid these cunning schemes.

  1. The Post-Pandemic Vacation Scam: Fraudsters know that people are eager to travel after being cooped up for so long. Watch out for suspiciously discounted vacation packages that require an upfront payment. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  2. The QR Code Catastrophe: With everyone becoming more familiar with QR codes, scammers are creating fake codes to steal your data or even your money. Always double-check the source before scanning any unfamiliar codes.
  3. The Crypto Conundrum: As cryptocurrency becomes more mainstream, be wary of investment opportunities promising huge returns. Do your research before investing in any new digital currency or ICO (initial coin offering).
  4. Robo-call Woes: Automated phone calls claiming to be from your bank or credit card company are on the rise. If you receive a suspicious call, hang up and call the company back using a verified number.
  5. The “Help Me” Heist: Scammers will pretend to be a friend or family member in need of financial help. They might send a desperate message through social media or email. Always verify the identity of the person in need before sending any funds.
  6. The Dating Disaster: Online romance scams continue to evolve. Fraudsters pose as potential romantic partners, then play on your emotions to get you to send them money. Be cautious when meeting people online and never send money to someone you haven’t met in person.
  7. The Subscription Sneak: Scammers will offer subscriptions to popular services at a fraction of the cost. Once you sign up, they’ll have access to your payment information and may use it for unauthorized purchases.
  8. The 1-Click Cataclysm: Be cautious of emails containing “1-click” payment links. They might appear to be from a trusted retailer, but they’re often designed to steal your payment information.
  9. The “Free Gift Card” Fiasco: Ads and emails promising free gift cards can be enticing, but they often lead to phishing sites designed to steal your personal information. Stick to buying gift cards directly from the retailer or from trusted sources.
  10. The Charity Charade: Scammers may impersonate well-known charities and contact you for donations. Always verify the legitimacy of a charity before donating, and never give out your credit card information over the phone.
  11. The Employment Embarrassment: Job seekers, beware! Scammers might pose as potential employers or recruiters, asking you to pay a fee for a job opportunity or training materials. Remember, legitimate employers will never ask you to pay upfront for a job.
  12. The Social Media Misstep: Be cautious when clicking on links or downloading files from social media. Scammers often use these platforms to spread malware or steal personal information.
  13. The Password Pandemonium: Never use the same password for multiple accounts, and always enable two-factor authentication when possible. Scammers can use your password to access other accounts if you’re not careful.
  14. The Elderly Exploitation Epidemic: Seniors are often targeted in scams, so make sure your older loved ones are aware of these threats. Encourage them to be vigilant and never share personal information with strangers.
  15. The SIM Swap Swindle: Cybercriminals may try to gain control of your mobile phone number by convincing your provider to transfer your number to a new SIM card. This allows them to intercept calls and texts, including authentication codes for online banking. Keep your personal informationprivate and be cautious when sharing details with anyone over the phone.
  16. The Bogus Bank App Bamboozle: Scammers create fake mobile banking apps that closely resemble legitimate ones. Once you log in, they can access your account information. Always download apps from official app stores and double-check the developer before installing.
  17. The Tech Support Swindle: Scammers will pose as tech support agents and try to convince you that your computer has been compromised. They’ll ask for remote access to “fix” the problem, but their real goal is to steal your information. Legitimate tech support will never contact you unsolicited.
  18. The Social Security Scam: Scammers may call claiming there’s an issue with your Social Security number and request personal information to resolve it. The Social Security Administration will never contact you by phone for this kind of issue. If you’re concerned, call the SSA directly.
  19. The “Neighbor Spoofing” Nuisance: Fraudsters are using phone numbers similar to yours to make it look like a local call, increasing the likelihood you’ll pick up. Be cautious when answering calls from unfamiliar numbers, even if they look local.
  20. The Package Delivery Deception: Emails or texts claiming you have an undelivered package often contain links that lead to phishing sites or malware downloads. If you’re expecting a package, track it through the courier’s official website instead.

In conclusion, staying informed about the latest scams is crucial to protecting your finances and personal information. Keep your guard up, trust your instincts, and remember that Achieve’s financial solutions are here to help you navigate the ever-evolving world of fraud prevention.

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