SCAM ARTISTS rear their ugly heads all too frequently. The Ohio Valley is not isolated from such despicable activity.
Scammers often attempt to prey upon the elderly. But no one is safe against them.
With the onset of a new year, cell phone numbers will be going public. Such a move will provide scammers with a massive new market to attack.
Cell phone owners can protect themselves by registering with the National Do Not Call Registry. Numbers may be added to the national registry, which is regulated by the Federal Trade Commission, by calling 1-888-382-1222, and there is no deadline to do so.
Scammers can be smooth operators.
The best advice is if it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. Never give out personal information such as Social Security numbers or any financial data.
Requests for money and private information always need to be questioned.
Be wary of any unsolicited "advice" received electronically, be it through email or social media. Scammers have been able to use technology to their advantage. They have well honed their activity, even impersonating as a family member at times.
Social media has made scams even a bigger threat.
With that, extra precaution is needed. If you are receiving suspicious calls, texts, or emails, or think you may have been the victim of a scam, contact your local law enforcement agency.
To learn more about identity and consumer theft and how to report it, visit www.ftc.gov., the government's Federal Trade Commission website.