Imposter scams are common and can come in many forms. Fraudsters pretend to be someone you trust, contacting individuals by email, text, phone, or other methods and pretending to be a public, private, or government individual that typically requires some type of financial payment to resolve, or pretending to be a friend or loved one in trouble who needs money immediately.
Remember that no government agency would ever call or email you and ask you to wire money, buy gift cards or give them your credit card, bank account information, or Social Security number.
You should be extremely suspicious any time you are being pressured to respond right away to a request for financial information or payment. Take time to verify the facts and find out who you are communicating with to help prevent identity theft.
If you or someone you know is in imminent danger, call 911 or your local law enforcement office immediately.
We have identified ten major categories of imposter scams. Click on each button to find specific information on how to Report, Recover and Reinforce your security and your financial safety from these types of scams.
Which of these applies to your situation?