How to Avoid Scams
Stay abreast of scams
Common scams include online dating, money transfer, work from home, and debt relief scams.
Carefully research any offer whether it comes over the telephone, via email, or through friends and family. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Don't give out your checking account, credit card, or Social Security number over the phone unless you initiate the call or know who you're dealing with.
Notify your financial institutions immediately if you receive a suspicious phone call from someone purporting to represent the institution and asking for account information "to verify a statement" or "award a prize.