When it comes to swindling people out of their hard-earned money, scam artists are on top of their game. Continually crafting new schemes to prey upon people of all ages and backgrounds, anyone can become a victim if caught unprepared. In just the first quarter of 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported nearly 300,000 cases of fraud nationwide. About 22,000 of those cases were prizes, sweepstakes, and lottery scams. For advice on how we can avoid the latest sweepstakes and lottery scams, we turned to Fidelity Bank’s expert on such matters, B. James, Vice President/Security-Fraud Manager.
10 Warning Signs
Think Rationally and Know the Facts
If you take a step back from the initial excitement you may feel from thinking your ship has finally come in, you’ll see right through these schemes. Consider this:
Concerned? Here’s What To Do
We’re here to help. If alarm bells are going off, and you think you may have been contacted by a scam artist, reach out to us. “Always talk to your Fidelity Bank trusted advisor, no matter how ‘secret’ the letter tells you to be,” B. James advises. “Fidelity is required to follow the Bank privacy laws for all of our customers, so your ‘secret’ is safe with us. And, we are trained to help you avoid a financial disaster and heartache if someone tries to scam you.”
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