Everyday Scams & Identity Theft How To Avoid

Everyday Scams & Identity Theft How To Avoid

Everyday Scams & Identity Theft How To Avoid Being A Victim Tim Depin Outreach Coordinator Community Engagement Division Office of Attorney General Maura Healey The Job of the Attorney General Attorney General Maura Healey is the chief lawyer and law enforcement officer of the Commonwealth

of Massachusetts. 2018 Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Who the AGO Serves & How Who: How: The Commonwealth Four Major Ways this Work is Executed Residents of the Commonwealth and their public interests State departments, officers, and commissions

Groups of consumers Investigatio n Enforcemen t Prevention Policy 2018 Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau Description Protecting students against predatory for-profit schools;

Ensuring that workers are paid the wages they are owed; Combating discrimination by landlords and employers; Keeping struggling homeowners in their homes through loan modifications; and Fighting for consumers against scams and other deceptive business practices. Divisions of the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau Civil Investigations Insurance and Financial Services Consumer Protection Civil Rights Fair Labor CARD

2018 Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Where the AGO is located Attorney General Maura Healey and her staff engage with every city and town in the Commonwealth. The Attorney Generals Office also runs a statewide Consumer Advocacy and Response Division, and supports over thirty regional local consumer, face-to-face, and consumer advocacy programs, which you may choose to contact. Boston One Ashburton Central Massachusetts Place and 10 Mechanic Street 100 Cambridge Worcester Street

Western Massachusetts 1441 Main Street Springfield Southeastern Massachusetts 105 William Street New Bedford 2018 Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Scams & Identity Theft How are they related? SCAM Money Personal Information

ID Theft 2018 Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Scams Rules to Know Golden Rule: If it sounds too good to be true, chances are its a scam. Tips: 1. Read the small print 2. Always guard your personal information 3. Research well before agreeing to anything 2018 Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Types of Scams

2018 Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Methods Used to Scam 2018 Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Mail & Phone Scams beware of solicitations that Give you money Ask for money Fake checks Lottery

winner Western Union Money Gram Victim letters and calls Grandparent scams Green Dot Offer free prizes Free trip Free trial 2018 Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey

Mail & Phone Scams beware of solicitations that Pose as the Offer debt Confirm government consolidation personal info or bank Robocalls Credit/Loan offers Deceptively sign you up for services Bank you owe a Debt Consolidation debt or account has closed Sending fake govt documents Arrest warrants

2018 Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Fake Checks definitions Could start with someone Offering to buy something you advertised Pay you to do work at home Give you an advance on a foreign or domestic sweepstakes youve supposedly won 2018 Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Fake Checks beware of You dont have to wait long to use the money, but that doesnt mean the check is good.

You are responsible for the checks you deposit. There is no legitimate reason for someone who is giving you money to ask you to wire money back. 2018 Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Internet Scams Type Example Social networking Seeking friends Classifieds

Selling/buying or renting Employment Government jobs, secret shopper, job recruiter Payday and online loans Usury 20% Free Trial offers Health care products 2018 Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Door to Door Scams

Newspaper Subscriptions Charities 2018 Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Where to Report Scams Telephone Scams Federal Trade Commission 877-382-4357 Mail Scams United States Postal Inspection Service 877-876-2455 Internet Scams Federal Bureau of Investigation www.ic3.gov

2018 Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Identity Theft What is Identity Theft? Its a lot like getting sick. Viruses (Scams) Symptoms Consequences Remedies Protection

2018 Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Identity Theft symptoms and consequences Bank transactions t b e D n o ti c colle

Mail Medical Bills t i d e Cr Tax Return 2018 Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey t r o Rep

Identity Theft Remedies ID Theft Complaint ID Theft Report Step 1 Police Report 2018 Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Identity Theft Remedies

Step 2 Fraud Alert Call Credit Reporting Bureau or Security Freeze Ask for Free Credit

Report 2018 Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Identity Theft Remedies Step 3 Alert Creditors Credit Cards Bank Accounts Retirement/

Investment Accounts 2018 Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Cable, Internet, Phone providers Identity Theft Other remedies Social Security Contact the Social Security Number Administration at 800-269-0271 Compromised

Tax Fraud State: Contact MA Dept. of Revenue Federal: Contact the IRS 2017 Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Contact Us File a Complaint about Identity Theft 617-727-8400 www.eform.ago.state.ma.us www.mass.gov/ago 2017 Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey

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