Stop Paying Scammers

It seems like scams are everywhere. From pop-ups on websites to texts on your phone, scams come in every form. But you don’t have to be a victim. We’ve given you helpful tips before for how to avoid being a victim of a phishing emails. They’re a great guideline for other forms of scams. Stop paying scammers.

From double checking the source to independently researching the company where the claim comes from, a little extra research could save you some serious cash. I see so many comments on PC Matic’s social media accounts of people complaining that PC Matic wanted money from them for some tech support issue. All of these people have been scammed.

I’m not going to scold people who were scammed. The deceptions are getting more convincing. That’s why talking about scams and how to avoid them is so important.

There are so many warnings out there, but it boils down to one simple thing. Just don’t give up personal information. If someone tells you they’re tech support, double check the company’s website. If they tell you they need access to your computer, tell them you’d rather they talk you through it (while offering no identifying information.) A person on the phone asking for your credit card or bank information? Just say no.

How to stop paying scammers?

Cybersecurity software can protect you from viruses and unauthorized programs. The problem is when you give authorization. If you tell a scammer your login credentials, no one can keep them from getting in. Think twice about any request for any sensitive data.

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3 thoughts on “Stop Paying Scammers”

  1. I answer the phone unless I’m busy with something else. Without giving out true info to them, I just waste their time.
    If they ask for a SS# I tell them I have to go look it up. After 5 min I come back on the line and if they are still there, I tell them I cant find it but think it’s ( I give them a bogus number). Unless they decide to end the call, I choose the moment. I had this one person on the line for at least an hour thinking I was going to buy a gift card and give them the numbers on the card. It was late at night and I had nothing better to do. It was good entertainment as far as I was concerned.

  2. I use two strategies when answering a ‘probable crank, or scam’ call:

    1) I open the line . . . and say nothing, absolutely nothing. Works on robo calls as they typically are voice activated.

    2) I answer “Humble Police Department.” That always generates a hang-up . . . and a laugh from me.

    Brad
    Humble, TX

  3. It’s very easy to be tricked by scammers that are simply looking to drain money from those that are unsuspecting. That said, this is a great write-up that should hopefully help others protect themselves in the long run.

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