- March 2023
- Premier America
With so many people using technology to improve their lives and manage their finances, it has created the perfect environment for scammers to take advantage of unsuspecting targets.
The SSA (Social Security Administration) is keenly aware of the dangers that scam artists play to all Americans and have created helpful tips to help you avoid falling victim of a scam. As always, if you are every questioning a message about Social Security, or your bank accounts, contact the financial institution or organization directly.
Using trusted applications is essential for any online communication. Being mindful of messages from unfamiliar numbers (typically longer than 10 digits) or overly urgent requests are signs of a possible scam. It’s best to delete them immediately. Also, consider taking advantage of application settings which allow you to block certain callers and their numbers.
Phone Call / Voicemail:Look out for automated voicemails impersonating an employee from a government agency, insurance company, or a financial institution. Although Premier America has on-going communication with members, we will never call to ask any personal information such as your social security number, account number, or your address.
If you come across an email from an extended email, or oftentimes from a known company, be sure to report it as ‘Phishing’ and/or delete the email immediately. For example, “your UPS package has arrived” but you don’t remember ordering a package, then it’s most likely a scammer looking for targets to steal information.
A new wave of scams have been seen on social media channels like Instagram and Facebook. Scammers are customizing profiles to look like your actual friends or relatives, send a direct message with links or exciting lottery messages that will entice you to respond. Make sure to report the profile and delete messages that scream of a possible scam.
Scam calls, emails and now social media are outlets for possible harm to your personal information. Taking the necessary precautions could save you from financial risk or identity theft. Together, we can safeguard ourselves from potential risks.