Hackers try to exploit vulnerabilities in your computer or phone. To steal your personal information, they trick you into downloading malicious software to your device so they can take control. And scammers try to get you to let your guard down by making up a story to get your money or information. But there’s plenty you can do to protect your personal information and your wallet.
Protect the Devices You Connect to the Internet
Know How to Avoid a Scam
If someone says you must pay by wiring money through Western Union or MoneyGram, by putting money on a gift card and then giving them the number on the back, or with cryptocurrency, it’s a scam.
Learn how to recognize and avoid common scams you might see in your inbox, on your phone, or online.
If you spot a scam — or something you think is a scam — reporting it can help the FTC protect you and your community. Report it at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.