No matter the season or reason, everyone is susceptible to being scammed.
Government agencies continue to alert consumers to recognize, stop and report fraud calls and emails. Con artists instill panic and fear by threatening you or loved ones with arrest, deportation, online ransom of personal information and files, and other extortion demands.
Be suspicious of fraudsters who ask for payment in the form of a money order or gift cards. Remember to use gift cards only as gifts for people you know, never for payments. Legitimate businesses and government agencies will never demand payment in gift cards.
Optimize your knowledge by visiting our Financial Wellness page and learn more about "Scam Awareness & Cyber Security."