Looking for a job? Scammers might be looking for you
Recent layoffs in industries like the tech sector have scammers fine-tuning their approaches to take advantage. They may advertise jobs online, sometimes setting up fake websites, or look for targets on social media — all to try to steal your money and personal information.
Warning: Scammers posing as COVID-19 contact tracers
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Scammers are posing as contact tracers and trying to trick people into giving them their credit card numbers. They are using social media, robocalls or text messages to contact their victims, preying on your concerns about being exposed to COVID-19 to get their hands on your personal information. RELATED: State leaders warn of scam contact tracer callsStephens said scammers pose as authorities or officials to make themselves look legitimate. While legitimate contract tracers need to obtain private information to confirm your identity before releasing medical information, they will never ask for money, Stephens said. Tell them youll call them back and then contact your local health department directly to confirm someone there is really trying to reach you.
Scams telling you to pay with Bitcoin on the rise
Now, scammers are luring people into paying them with Bitcoin -- a type of digital money or cryptocurrency. Read on to learn how to spot and avoid some of the top ways scammers are trying to get you to pay with Bitcoin. This scammer might use threats, intimidation, and high-pressure tactics to get you to pay right away. This type of scam works like a chain letter: someone promises that you’ll make money if you pay into the scheme. Spot a cryptocurrency scam?