8 on Your Side Offers Tips to Spot Scams

LAS VEGAS - Scammers target people daily by phone, e-mail and various other means, but most scams are not new. 8 on Your Side shows how to spot them before you become a victim.

Every day, 8 on Your Side receives e-mails and phone calls from viewers about potential scams. All of the scams share a common trait: urgency.

The scams urge the victim to order, ship or take action on something right away. That is a tell-tale sign of a scam. Fraudsters like to scare people, and urgency is the best way to do that. If you get a phone call or e-mail asking you to act quickly, don't do anything until you've done some research.

Another clear sign of a scam is a promise of something for nothing. If you get an e-mail saying you are the beneficiary of an unclaimed settlement, don't react. Do your research.

Unclaimed settlement scams are common.

A third sign something is a scam is if you receive a check, and you are asked for money to be wired back or sent on a green dot money card. People don't randomly send strangers checks for big dollar amounts. Additionally, anytime someone wants you to wire money or use a green dot money card, you know it's a scam.

The most likely victims of scams continue to be seniors. If you have an older relative or friend, help them avoid scams. Remind them to never give out personal information to unsolicited callers or e-mailers.

Additionally, if you didn't enter a lottery or sweepstakes, then you didn't win a lottery or sweepstakes. You should never have to pay for something you won.

Finally, if you are unsure if something is a scam, assume it is and make them prove it is not.

If you have a problem you want investigated, contact 8 on Your Side at 702-650-1907.


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