Scammed when you least expected it
MILWAUKEE - There is nothing like getting a big check in the mail, a great job offer, or the excitement of learning that you won something, especially when you are strapped for cash or down on your luck.
Unfortunately, it is at times like this that we might let our guard down, and be most vulnerable for falling victim for a scam.
If you or someone you know has received a check, job offer, or notice of winning, here is what you can do to avoid getting taken by a scam.
• Consider the source and its origin.
If the letter or e-mail has spelling or grammatical errors, asks for personal information like bank or social security numbers, or asks you to send money, it could be a scam.
Also, if it refers to something out of the country, or has a stamp or postmark from another country, it likely involves a scam.
• Watch out for checks that may look real or references well known companies or stores.
When in doubt, contact the bank that appears on the check or contact business or stores listed in the letter to get more information.
Do not cash a check, wire money, or participate in these potential schemes until you have checked things out with another legitimate source.
• If you do not remember entering a contest or applying for a job that is being offered, these could also be tell tale signs that you are being targeted by a scam.
We all want good news and good luck.
Before you jump at something that seems too good to be true at just the right time, take a moment to check things out and consider the possibility that you could be targeted by a scam.