OUR VIEW: Don’t fall for these scams

Published 11:30 am Thursday, January 26, 2023

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If you’re like us, you probably get as many calls about your vehicle’s expired warranty as you do from friends and family members.

It’s an annoying part of living in 2023, where it seems like the amount of numbers — many of them local — are endless. If you block a number, the spam call just comes from a different one the next time.

Most of us either ignore these calls or hang up. (Or hope to actually connect to a real person so we can mess with them or yell at them.) 

If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

For instance, if you get a random call that you won a vacation in a contest you don’t remember entering, then hang up. Or if someone is asking for your personal information and won’t give you details about their company, it’s probably a scam. 

Both of those examples should raise a ton of red flags. 

But all it takes is catching the right person at the right time, and a scammer can have enough information to really take you for a ride. Local law enforcement often posts about these types of scams as they come up. Scammers are not limited to ringing your phone. 

You may have also received text messages alerting you that your Apple ID will be locked or FedEx is having issues delivering a package to your home. 

Don’t fall for these types of scams. And if you have any questions, ask for a callback number and do some research.

Scammers are more prevalent than ever and have more ways to reach us than ever before. Be cautious about who you’re talking to when you get a random phone call.