Many people go to greater lengths to implement home security measures than they do for personal security, and as a result, become subject to scammers. It’s easy to have a false sense of security when you implement all kinds of safety features around the household, and that can make you more susceptible to personal security breaches. Here are some things you should know about scams and scammers, so that you can take steps to avoid security breaches of a personal nature.
Scams can come in many different forms, and all of them appear to be legitimate, which is why so many people fall for them. There are scams which can be perpetrated via phone calls, emails, and even text messages. In most cases, these scams will be exploiting detailed personal information, which might make you wonder how the caller or sender got them in the first place. Anytime you receive some kind of contact like this, you should immediately be suspicious. It’s also highly suspicious if you receive text messages or emails which are poorly written, or which have numerous misspellings.
How will I know if I’ve been scammed?
If you can’t detect a scam at the moment it’s happening, either through a phone call or in some written format, you may not have any other indication until the scam has been pulled off by the perpetrator. At this point, it will probably show up on your bank statement, your credit card statement, or on some other listing of financial transactions. If you suspect that you may have been scammed, make sure to monitor these documents closely, to be sure no suspicious activity has taken place. If you’re expecting some kind of financial statement in the mail and it is way overdue, that’s an indication that your documents may have been intercepted by a scammer.
What can I do if I’ve been scammed?
When you determine that you have been victimized by a scammer, you shouldn’t cry over spilled milk, but you should take steps to prevent any such losses in the future. Call your bank and explain your situation to them, and ask if anything can be done about it. The same should be done with any credit card fraud which you suspect. If the credit card amounts can’t be restored, you should at least cancel the credit card, so that no further damage can be done.
Can I get my money back?
Probably not. If you are scammed via an online transaction, it may be possible that the vendor will restore some portion of your scammed amount. Generally, though, any such restoration of funds depends on them being able to positively determine that you were not the person involved in making the suspicious transactions. You can report the action to the police, and that at least gives you some possibility of recovery.
Avoiding future scams
One of the best rules of thumb for avoiding future scams is to not let greed get in the way of your good judgment. This means not sending money to anyone who claims to be able to provide you with a much greater windfall in return. Never give out personal details or information regarding your financial accounts, and always use passwords which are strong and secure, and can’t be easily guessed. It’s also important that you never click on attachments in emails unless you’re positive about what’s at the other end.
Anything that sounds too good to be true, almost certainly is. By recognizing scams for what they are, you should have a good chance of completely avoiding any breaches of personal security in the future.