How it works! You get a message through social media from a friend who you’ve known for years. They say that you’re the winner of a fabulous prize, and you only need to pay taxes and fees on a website before you receive the money, vacation or other unbelievable prize. Please be careful! If you pay the money, you’ll never receive the prize. If someone who is your friend in real life sends you a message like that over the internet, give them a call and ask them over the phone if they are the one truly sending the messages. Chances are their account has been compromised and scammers are trying to con you and many of their other friends. By contacting your friend directly, you can ensure they are aware of the problem and hopefully prevent others from being the targets of scams.
Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.
Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork for more information on fraud prevention.