Be suspicious of anyone who calls unexpectedly asking for cash. Verify any supposed emergency, by calling friends and family, before wiring money. Develop a secret code or "password" with family members that can be used to verify a true emergency. Limit personal information, such as vacation plans, shared on social media sites.
For more tips, visit the Better Business Bureau's Scam Stopper site. To report a scam, contact the Better Business Bureau or the FTC.