Avoiding Scams 101

The LUN Traffic and Safety Committee shares this information based on the recommendation of the Denver DA’s office. The original content is from the Washington Post Help Desk.

Approach all texts, emails, direct messages and phone calls with skepticism. Use these warning signs and techniques to minimize falling for scams.

Signs It’s a Scam
• It claims you’ve won something or are getting anything for free.
• It’s about a purchase, delivery or transaction you don’t remember.
• You didn’t initiate the exchange. If it’s out of the blue, that’s a red flag.
• You’re asked to pay in a shady way (gift cards, cryptocurrency, wire transfers,
or peer-to-peer payment apps like Venmo, Cash App, PayPal or Zelle).
• It’s related to something in the news, like a donation request for a natural disaster.
• You feel panicked. Criminals want to trigger your fight or flight response.

Safety Precautions You Should Take
• Don’t pick up calls from unknown numbers.
• Don’t click on links in texts, emails or other messages.
• Assume people and companies aren’t who they say.
• Reach out to the person or company through a secondary contact to verify.
• Ask a friend or family member about suspicious messages.
• Slow down and trust your gut.

Important Phone Numbers
Amazon 888-280-4331
Apple 800-692-7753
IRS 800-829-1040
Social Security Administration 800-772-1213