Protect Yourself from Scams and Fraud

We get phone calls, emails and texts daily at our house of people trying to get our information or to scam us. Everything from someone in England that died and left us 8.5 million dollars to call this number right away or the IRS will be taking you to court.

It has gotten worse since the Internet I feel. Now there is so much information that people can find out about other people on Social Media accounts and other websites.

Even with Credit Cards you can get scammed. In our town people have hooked up Skimmers on Gas Pump’s Credit Card Machine. I have heard of Scanners that someone can walk by you can scan your card. This is why I have my Cards in Protective Cases to try to help block that from happening.

We have a friend of ours that was shopping on the East Coast at a name brand store and the person who waited on her took her information from her ID and Credit Card and then went and took out other Credit Cards in her name. They eventually caught the lady who did it but our friend had to fly out to the East coast for the court case and testify. She lost not only time from her life, stress of the whole deal but also traveling costs.

It can be a nightmare for anyone who gets scammed. I know every time someone has used our credit card number fraudulent it bugs me a ton. We want our boys to be safe as they can in the future.

As always, I am not giving you any Financial Advice and you should seek advice from your Professional Advisors to see what is best for your situation. See my Disclaimer at MillsWay.com. This is for entertainment only.

With our Credit Cards our companies we have accounts with have been really good for investigating fraudulent charges. I once had someone send me a Money Order for a purchase, it seemed fake so I took it to our bank and they said it was. They took down the information and then did the investigation. We never lost any money any time so far that we have been scammed.

The below information I got from the USAGov website. They are the official guide to Government Information and Services. I want the boys to have information on where to go if they feel scammed.

USA.Gov said the following “Scams affect every part of life. These people try to trick you out of your personal information and your money. The most common types of fraud fall under these categories:

The Financial Fraud Enforcement Taskforce and they offer overviews of other types of fraud, plus what to do if you are a fraud victim.

Most Popular Scams

Get the information you need to protect yourself from being a victim of the latest scam tactics:   

  • Advance fee scams – Don’t fall for claims that you have won a lottery, prize, or can invest in a great opportunity, if you have to pay a small fee in advance.
  • Chain letters – These letters promise to help you get rich quickly if you participate and forward the letter on to your friends and family.
  • Charity scams – Scammers take advantage on your willingness to help people in need and charitable causes. They may collect your donation and keep it for themselves instead of using it to help those in need..
  • Dating scams – Scammers may create fake profiles on online dating sites and express interest in you, just so he or she can convince you to send them money.
  • Debt relief scams – Some scammers hope that you are as eager to get rid of your debt as they are to scam you out of your money. Know the warning signs so you won’t be their next victim.
  • Free security scans – Don’t be tricked by messages on your computer screen that claim that your machine is already infected with a virus. The realistic, but phony, security alerts exploit your fear of online viruses and security threats.
  • Government grant scams – Despite ads that say you qualify for a government grant, these are often scams. Be wary of responding to offers, email, or claims that use government agency names.
  • Health fraud scams – Be wary of trusting all claims. Take time to get the facts about a product first.
  • International financial scams – A variety of scams offer entries into foreign lotteries or international investment opportunities.
  • IRS-related scams – Be careful with email that is supposedly from the IRS. Scammers try to gain access to your financial information in order to steal your identity and assets.
  • Job scams – Be wary if you have to pay money or supply your credit card number to a company to apply for a job. Some scammers make big promises with work at home opportunities, but these may require you to engage in illegal activities.
  • Jury duty scams – Someone calls pretending to be a court official who threatens that a warrant has been issued for your arrest because you failed to show up for jury duty.
  • Mass Mailing Fraud – You receive a letter promising wealth or good fortune. 
  • Military romance scams – Watch out for people pretending to be members of the U.S. military. These scammers will try to get in an online relationship with you on social media or a dating website. They’ll then ask for money for fake service-related needs, like travel costs or medical fees. Learn how to locate U.S. military personnel and veterans to verify if someone is in the military and help avoid these scams. 
  • Phantom debt scams – Beware of letters and calls, supposedly from “debt collectors” or “court officials”. These scammers make threatening claims requiring you to pay money that you don’t owe.  
  • Pyramid schemes – These investments offer big profits, but really aren’t based on revenue from selling products. Instead, they depend on the recruitment of more investors.
  • Scams that use the names of the FBI or CIA – Avoid falling victim to email schemes involving unsolicited email supposedly sent by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and/or Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The email appears to be sent from email addresses such as mail@fbi.gov, post@fbi.gov, admin@fbi.gov, and admin@cia.gov.
  • Service members or veteran scams – Scammers target bogus offers of government resources or financial services to trick active duty military personnel and veterans out of their money.
  • Smishingvishing, and phishing – All three of these scams rely on you replying to an email, phone call or text with personal information, such as your bank account or credit card numbers.
  • Social Security imposter scams – Someone calls you, posing as a Social Security investigator. This person claims that there is a problem with your social security account. They then tell you to call another number to resolve the problem. 
  • Subpoena scams – Scammers send bogus email, supposedly from a U.S. District Court, stating that you have to come to court. These messages are fake and may contain links that are harmful to your computer.
  • Tech support scams – Scammers pretend that there is a problem with your computer and then try to convince you to pay them to fix it.
  • Text message spam – Not only can text message spam be annoying and cost you money on your mobile phone bill, but the messages are often for scams.
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Report Scams and Fraud

With so many kinds of scams and fraud, it’s hard to figure out where to report each type. First, file a report with your local police department. You may also contact your state consumer protection office. You can also report certain types of scams and fraud to federal enforcement agencies. Federal agencies usually can’t act on your behalf, but they can use complaints to record patterns of abuse. This helps them take action against a company or industry. Contact these federal agencies based on the type of fraud:

Reporting fraud may not recover everything you lost, but it does improve your chances of getting some of it back and avoiding future losses. It also helps law enforcement authorities stop scams before other people become victims. Learn the warning signs of common scams and fraud to protect your personal and financial information.

Report Suspected Tax Fraud

Report suspected tax fraud to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). You may be eligible to claim a Whistleblower Informant Award for reporting the fraud. Report state tax fraud to your state’s department of revenue or other tax authority.  

Tax-related identity (ID) theft is another form of tax fraud. It happens when someone steals your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Report this type of fraud using IRS form 14039(PDF, Download Adobe Reader).   

If you receive threatening calls or emails claiming to be from the IRS, report the fraud to the IRS online or by calling 1-800-366-4484. Forward any website links that claim to be the IRS, but don’t start with “www.irs.gov” to phishing@irs.gov.”

If you want to get more information go to the usa.gov link at the bottom of the show notes. It is so sad that we have to worry about this stuff. It seems like a lot worse than it was when I was a kid. We hope our boys will be safe and not fall for any Scams in their lifetime on their journey to Financial Freedom.


Here are some positive quotes I like;

“Get your Money to Work for You… As hard as You Work for it.” By Napoleon Hill

“1. Make Money. 2. Use the Money to Make More Money. 3. Repeat the Process.” By Warren Buffett

“There is no way to happiness; happiness is the Path.” By Buddha

“Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life” by Wayne W. Dyer

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Sources and Resources from Podcast (Available in Show Notes)

  1. Common Scams Information at https://www.usa.gov/common-scams-frauds

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