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July 26, 2013

How to Protect Yourself from Falling Victim of Emergency Scams this Summer

by AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing

A recent article on titled “Straight Talk: Emergency Scams” details some common scams, especially in the summer months when many people travel.

Basically, a scammer will hack into your social media accounts or email accounts and target the victims family and friends for money by pretending to be the person associated with the account. They might say they have an injury, got their wallet stolen, or even that they were arrested just to get someone to send them the money. Many times, the stories they fabricate are very believable. Shelley Berhnardt, director of consumer protection at Western Union, cautions us to “…verify the emergency and resist the urge to act immediately, no matter how dramatic the story is…emergency scams play off of peoples’ emotions and strong desire to help friends and family in need.”

BBB Scam Stopper

BBB Scam Stopper – don’t become an emergency scam victim this summer!

The Better Business Bureau and Western Union have teamed up to create the site to help reduce your risk of becoming a scam victim. You can sign up to receive alerts and emails detailing current scams going on throughout North America.

Of course, you should never send money to anyone without first verifying that the information is correct. Check with other family members and friends to see if they have been contacted, even if the “victim” says to keep it a secret.

For more information, you can also visit Western Union’s Consumer Protection Center.

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