First and foremost, it’s okay to acknowledge that you might have been defrauded. Sadly, thousands of individuals experience it every day. Cheats are skilled at what they do and frequently change their methods.
Stop interacting with the individual as soon as you suspect you may have been conned and tell someone you know well and trust. It’s critical to take immediate action to begin reversing possible harm to your finances, reputation, and/or identity.
Scams can take many different shapes and have a variety of beginnings and ends. Scammers may attempt to contact you via phone conversations, text messages, pop-up messages, emails, websites, and U.S. mail occasionally. They may be very persistent if they believe they will ultimately obtain the data or access they need.
In the FBI’s 2021 Internet Crime Report, victims 60 and older submitted more than 92,000 complaints, claiming $1.68 billion in losses. Since they are more likely to be isolated and/or lonely, older people are frequently targets. Scammers will use concerns about a fictitious health, safety, or financial problem, feelings of love for family members, or threats to “expose” something you may or may not have done.
Extend the “I need to report fraudulent behavior” section that follows. Whom may I speak with? for details on how to formally complain to law enforcement in our service region.