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The Top 10 Scammer Lies Exposed

Stops scams by not responding to themThe Top 10 Scammer Lies Exposed

In a world increasingly dominated by digital interactions, the sophistication and ingenuity of online scams have reached unprecedented levels. As these deceptive practices evolve, understanding the tactics employed by scammers to ensnare their victims becomes not just beneficial, but essential for digital safety.

A recent segment by CBS News’ MoneyWatch has brought this critical issue into the spotlight, revealing the top 10 lies that scammers use as bait to defraud individuals.

This article seeks to unpack the segment in detail, providing readers with insights, memorable quotes, and significant statistics. Our aim is to furnish you with the knowledge and tools necessary to adeptly navigate and protect yourself in the murky and often perilous realm of online scams, ensuring your digital security in an era where scammers are constantly refining their methods of deception.

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The issue with online scams is getting worse, and a shocking story from Charlotte Cowles, who writes about money matters for New York Magazine, really shows how bad it is. She lost $50,000 to scammers, which tells us that online scams are a huge problem. These scams are becoming smarter and more difficult to spot, especially now that they’re using artificial intelligence (AI).

AI lets scammers create lies that seem very real, making it hard for people to tell they’re being tricked.

John Breyaut from the National Consumers League mentioned to CBS News, “We know that fraud is a chronically underreported crime because the victims often feel shame and stigma.” To give you an idea of how big this problem is, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) found that people lost $690 million to gift card scams in just the last three years.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has put together a list of 10 common lies that these scammers use. These lies are like red flags that we all need to be aware of. With AI, these scams can be customized to be more convincing, making it even more important for us to be careful and know what to look out for online. This means we need to be extra alert and informed about the kinds of tricks scammers are using, so we can keep ourselves safe in a world where scams are getting more and more sophisticated.

Lies scammers use to trick consumers The Top 10 Lies Scammers Tell

1. Act Now!

Scammers create a sense of urgency to pressure victims into making hasty decisions, such as sending money or personal information. The FTC emphasizes that this sense of urgency is a clear sign of a scam.

2. Only Say What I Tell You To Say

Victims are often instructed to lie to their bank, spouse, or financial advisor, a tactic designed to isolate them and prevent them from seeking advice that could expose the scam.

3. Don’t Trust Anyone – They’re In On It

Scammers attempt to isolate their victims by sowing distrust, making them feel they have no one to turn to for help.

4. Do This or You’ll Be Arrested

Any threat of arrest or deportation in exchange for money or information is a blatant lie and a common scam tactic.

5. Don’t Hang Up

Scammers may insist on staying on the line during transactions to control the narrative and prevent victims from backing out.

6. Move Your Money to Protect It

Instructions from strangers to move money are always scams, according to regulators.

7. Withdraw Money and Buy Gold or Silver

The FBI warns against scammers advising victims to convert their assets into gold, silver, or other precious metals.

8. Withdraw Cash and Give It To [Anyone]

The FTC warns never to hand over cash, regardless of the circumstances presented by the scammer.

9. Go to a Bitcoin ATM

With the rise of cryptocurrency-related scams, any suggestion to transfer funds into cryptocurrency or use a Bitcoin ATM should be viewed with suspicion.

10. Buy Gift Cards

Scammers exploit the vulnerabilities of gift cards, often asking victims to make payments using them and then disappearing with the funds.

Top 10 list of liesHow to Protect Yourself From Scams

Guarding against the cunning tactics of online scammers begins with a straightforward yet powerful strategy: do not engage. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) emphasizes several essential actions to fortify your defenses against these deceptive maneuvers. First and foremost, if you receive a suspicious call that smells of scam, the best course of action is to hang up immediately. Similarly, upon receiving emails that raise red flags, promptly delete them to avoid any potential threats they might contain.

Text messages from unknown or suspicious sources should be stopped in their tracks. Do not reply or engage in any conversation. Instead, take measures to block the sender’s number, effectively cutting off any future attempts at contact. This proactive approach extends to phone calls as well; blocking numbers that are sources of scam attempts can significantly reduce your exposure to these threats.

Moreover, the FTC strongly encourages individuals to take an active role in combating these scams by reporting them. If you encounter or fall victim to a scam, reporting it to is a critical step. Not only does this help in potentially tracking down and stopping the scammers, but it also aids in building a database of scam operations, which can be used to warn and protect others.

Final Thoughts

The MoneyWatch segment by CBS News serves as an important reminder of the evolving tactics used by online scammers. By familiarizing ourselves with these common lies, we can better protect our finances and personal information from these fraudulent schemes. Remember, awareness is the first step towards prevention

Disclosure: This article is for information purposes only and is not intended as legal advice.


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