More Trouble

A new round of scams look to take advantage of carelessness

The latest scams are looking to take advantage of the swirling chaos around you. The pandemic has turned the world upside down. Thieves know that and they are coming out of the woodwork. Here’s what you need to know about the new round of cons.

The Late Payment

USA Today reports that one scam that so far has been mostly targeting AT&T customers involves a phony text or call. The text/phone messages falsely claim that you haven’t paid your AT&T wireless phone bill. Sometimes the message claims your “Payment was unsuccessful.” Each message asks for personal info, like your account number, Social Security number and more. Never give sensitive info over text or phone. If you are concerned, simply check your bank and/or AT&T account to see if you have, in fact, paid your bill.

The Unclaimed Cash

Another scam involves a text or email from the “Unclaimed Property Administration or UPA.” The message explains that you have unclaimed money. All you have to do is click the link that is included in the message to access the cash. Of course, that link then takes you to a site that steals your private info. If you receive a text or email from that scam organization, delete it right away.

The Fake Site

Scammers have created fake sites that mimic the IRS’ stimulus check site. If you visit the fake site and enter your private info, the con artists have won. When searching for the correct site, make sure the URL is “IRS.gov.” and has a lock symbol in the web search bar. As with all of these scams, if you encounter them, report them immediately.

Chris O'Shea

Chris O'Shea