Scam Alert-It's a Jungle Out There!
Updated: Apr 20
As we get closer to the Holidays, you are working on shopping lists and organizing gatherings with your family while scammers are working on new and creative ways to get you to bite the bait.
In the U.S. there is about 1 in 10 adults get scammed every year, and if you think this isn’t that bad, this has jumped up 34% since 2018.
Now, if you thought only the older population falls for scams, I’m sorry, my friend, you are wrong.
Scammers have gotten more sophisticated than even the young and “young at heart” have fallen victim to lately.
So what are the scams of 2022 that are common but not so easy to spot? And how do you protect yourself?
10 Scams to Beware of in 2022
Cryptocurrency Scams Romance Scams
Google Voice Scam Rental Assistance Scam
Coronavirus Scams Zelle Scams
Employment-Related Scams Fake Amazon Employees
Local Tax Impostors Energy Bill Scams
We all have heard of cryptocurrency, and although you may be skeptical many people have had great success with their investments in crypto.
But with every new and exciting venture out there, there’s a scammer waiting to take advantage of the buzz.
Avoid purchasing cryptocurrency at ATM machines in convenience stores, gas stations, or major retailers. These purchases are often untraceable so there is no way to get compensated for your loss.
Also, many have fallen victim to sweepstakes, prize contests, or investment opportunities stating they must send money to qualify.
The scammers impersonate celebrities and/or real cryptocurrency websites to lure in victims.
Red Flags for Cryptocurrency Scams
If anyone asks you for money upfront, they are usually scamming you. No sweepstake contest, government entity, prize promoter, or utility company will ask you to pay money to get money.
We have all seen documentaries on Netflix this year about people getting scammed by their hot steamy social media lovers. Well, this is still a very common scam.
Most people that get scammed are using legitimate dating sites to meet people, so they let their guard down, assuming they're protected.
The scammer usually uses a fake profile to set up an account on a real dating app and starts grooming you from the minute you swipe left.
If you are not the dating app type and think you’re safe, think again. Within the past 2 years, social media has seen an increase in scammers connecting with potential victims via dm.
Red Flags for Romance Scams
If your in-person meet and greet is always getting postponed,
they require certain payment methods, or
live so far away you’ll never be able to visit them,
They are 9 times out of 10 scamming you. Love is not that hard!
Google Voice Scam
This one is pretty clever; if you have recently posted something online to sell, the caller will ask you to allow them to check that you’re not a scammer by asking you to await an email from their Google voice number.
They’ll then ask you to say the verification code that you received; you think that they are verifying you, but what they are actually doing is scamming you by setting up a Google voice account in your name.
What’s the harm in that? Well, they can now create scams and carry them out using your name as their alias.
Red Flags for Google Voice Scams
Never read or share your verification code with anyone.
Rental Assistance Scam
Millions of people are still trying to recove