How To Keep Your Personal Information Safe

How To Keep Your Personal Information Safe

Last year, the FTC got almost a million reports about impersonation scammers — fake government agents, pretend grandkids, bogus sweethearts, and others who took almost $2.3 billion from people across the country. So far this year, impersonation scams are still the most-reported fraud.

Scammers keep changing their stories to catch you off-guard. Some scams even ask you for your Medicare number. If anyone surprises you with a call, email, text, or message on social media and asks for money or personal information — no matter what story they tell — it’s most likely a scam.

Take these steps to keep impersonators away from your money and valuable information:

Reduce unwanted calls and email

Keep information private

Protect your money

If you suspect a scam, tell the FTC: