Be aware and remember that fraudsters do not care who the person is and will target people of all ages and income levels.
The 5 most common fraud schemes:
* Online Shopping Scams: The customer pays for something they bought online which looks like a “very good deal”. Think about it: most websites offer different payment methods which offer you higher protection for the seller than money transfer.
* Lottery / Betting Scams: The client receives an email or phone call informing them that they have won a lottery or bet and that the winning client must now send you money to pay processing, insurance, customs, etc. fees.
* Fraud by a family member in need: The client is asked to urgently send money to a person who introduces himself as a relative or friend, who urgently needs financial means to pay for travel tickets, loan guarantees, medical care, etc. .
* Romantic relationships: The client thinks he has met someone online or is contacted by someone and is convinced that they are in a romantic relationship. Scammers will demand that money be sent to them so that they can visit and even move in to live together.
* Other scams: The client is required to send money for a variety of reasons including assistance related to various disasters, car purchases, fake loans, newspaper ads or secret buyers.