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Call 4 Action: Top three scams to steer clear of

Posted at 3:10 PM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 16:10:07-04

In recent months, our Call 4 Action has seen a rise in the number of scams that are being targeted at consumers. Some are new while others are repeats, but with a new twist. Here the top three to steer clear of:

  • Phone calls from scammers posing as WE Energies, threatening immediate disconnection unless you pay with a prepaid debit card. WE Energies will never threaten immediate disconnection via a phone call, nor instruct you to pay with a prepaid debit card by phone.
  • Emails or phone calls from imposters claiming to be from Amazon, Netflix, or other well-known companies, telling you that they suspect fraudulent transactions, or need you to update credit card information. If you get an email like this, do not click on any links nor provide any personal information. Contact the company at a phone number or website that you know is legitimate.
  • Student loans or financial aid scams: Consumers receive a phone call or email that appears to be coming from their school or lender, telling them that they need to discuss some information about some changes that will be affecting their loan or financial aid. The scammer tries to phish for personal information such as student I.D., passwords, or other sensitive information. If you receive a call or email, contact your school or your lender via an email, website or phone number that you know to be legit.

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