A person pretends to be someone you trust and tries to convince you to send them money. They’re called imposter scams, and scammers use all kinds of angles to make their stories sound believable. If you — or your friends and family — haven’t been targeted by one yet, it’s almost certain you will be.
To help you recognize and avoid these types of scams, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has four new videos on IRS imposters, tech support schemers, online dating con artists and “grandkid” scammers. Check them out at ftc.gov/imposters or ftc.gov/impostores in Spanish.
While you’re at it, check out our four new articles on imposter scams. The articles are part of our Pass It On campaign, which encourages older adults to talk with family, friends, and neighbors about avoiding common scams.
Have you been targeted by an imposter scam? Let the FTC know by filing a complaint at ftc.gov/complaint. But don’t stop there. Help your friends and family avoid imposter scams: you can post the videos on social media, spread the word about ftc.gov/imposters, and order free copies of the articles at ftc.gov/bulkorder.
About the Author
Amy Hebert is a consumer education specialist at the FTC.
This post originally appeared on the FTC blog on June 2.