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Posted: July 11, 2023, 10:19AM

Scams are everywhere.  No matter what we are doing, no matter where we are - scammers are out to get us.  The term now is "bad actors" although it's not a new term.  According to Merriam-Webster, the term is traced back to 1901 but an 1889 Sanskrit dictionary includes the synonym "bad actor".  

It doesn't seem a strong enough term for the people that prey on others, especially on the vulnerable.

Scammers destroy lives.  They steal personal information.  They steal money.  They steal identities.  They steal peoples' security and self-worth.  They steal savings.  They steal medical data.   They are bad people doing bad things.  Don't let the sanitizing of the label fool you.

Don't get caught up in these "bad actors'" plays.  Don't become the tragic ending to the story.

Don't assume that people on social media are who they say they are.

Don't click on links in emails or texts.

Don't answer calls if you don't recognize the number.  (They'll leave a voicemail if it's important.)  If you answer, hang up.

Don't believe that the caller ID is accurate.  Scammers can use technology to show any number they want.

Don't rush to act if you get an "emergency call" from a loved one. Call the family member directly.

Artificial intelligence gives scammers the ability to fake voices and videos.  Don't believe all you see.

Don't send gift cards.  Gift cards are often requested for payments of whatever scam is being perpetrated.

Don't fall for the "your computer has a virus" scam.  Don't give control of your device to anyone.

Be cautious of online ticket scams.  They get your money.  You don't get your tickets. Go through reliable ticket agencies.

It's a dangerous world out there.  

You're not being paranoid if they really are out to get you!

Stay safe!!




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