How to Protect Yourself from Scams

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a nonprofit organization that helps consumers find businesses they can trust. We also provide information about scams and how to protect yourself from them.

Here are some tips to help you avoid scams:

  • Be wary of unsolicited emails, text messages, and phone calls. Scammers often use these methods to contact people and trick them into giving out personal information or money.
  • Never give out your personal information, such as your  number, credit card number, or bank account number, unless you are sure of the identity of the person or company you are dealing with.
  • Be suspicious of any offer that sounds too good to be true. Scammers often use high-pressure sales tactics to get people to buy products or services that they don’t need.
  • Do your research before making any purchase or investment. Check the BBB’s website or other reputable sources to see if there have been any complaints about the company you are considering doing business with.
  • If you think you have been scammed, report it to the BBB and to the appropriate authorities.

The BBB also offers a variety of resources to help consumers protect themselves from scams. These resources include:

  • A scam alert service that sends email notifications about new scams
  • A scam tracker that tracks the latest scams
  • A fraud prevention guide
  • A consumer education website

To learn more about how to protect yourself from scams, visit the BBB’s website.

In addition to the tips above, here are some other things you can do to protect yourself from scams:

  • Use strong passwords and change them regularly.
  • Be careful about what information you share on social media.
  • Keep your software up to date.
  • Be aware of the latest scams and how to avoid them.

By following these tips, you can help protect yourself from scams and keep your personal information safe.