How can I tell if I’m being scammed?

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Do not give personal or credit card
info to anyone who calls.

Shared by the Shoreline Police

How can I tell if I’m being scammed?

If a stranger calls and asks you to send money, for any reason, in the form of a wire transfer, gift card, or Bitcoin, it is a scam.

Don’t be fooled. Professional scammers will use scare tactics or emotional manipulation to rob you of your common sense.

The following are examples of current scams that we see often:
  • A utility company calls saying that your service will be disconnected if you do not pay immediately.
  • You receive a call that your social security card has been compromised, and you must pay immediately to avoid arrest.
  • There is a warrant for your arrest because you’ve missed jury duty, and you must pay immediately to avoid arrest.

Please share this post, and tell any family members and friends who are not on social media.

To learn more about other current scams going around, please visit

The newest one is a message that your credit card is being charged $220 (pick any figure) and if you have any questions, call this number (number follows).

Another tip: if the call features a sweet-voiced girl saying "Hi, this is Nancy, calling on a recorded line. How are you today?" - you are talking to a robot. Sometimes, it's "Hi, I'm a Medicare advisor ..."


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