I’ve said it until I’m blue in the face: no government agency will every initiate contact with you by text, call or email. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is concerned some of you aren’t getting the message.
- Never send money — especially by gift card, cash reload card, or money transfer. No government agency will threaten you or demand payment this way.
- Don’t give out your personal or financial information to anyone who calls, texts or emails.
- If you sent money to a government imposter, contact the company you used to send the money (gift card company, cash reload card company, or wire transfer service) and tell them it was a fraudulent transaction. Ask to have the transaction reversed if possible.
- Report it to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint.
Remember, if you didn’t start the conversation with the government agency, the conversation is over.
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