FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: How Scammers Make You Pay, Different Scam Scenarios
By Lois Greisman Associate Director, Division of Marketing Practices, FTC // January 8, 2018
ABOVE VIDEO: Here’s a video that has, in a little more than a minute, some of the scam scenarios we see – and what you should do about them.
(FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION) – Here’s one of the top questions we get from people: Is this a scam? Whatever the “this” looks like, here’s our best answer to that question:
Did someone say you can only pay by wiring money, putting money on a gift card, or loading money on a cash reload card? If they did, then yes: that is a scam.
Whether someone tells you to pay to claim a prize, help someone out of trouble, or deal with tax issues from the (so-called) IRS: nobody legitimate is ever going to say you have to pay by wiring them money, getting iTunes cards, or putting money on a MoneyPak, Vanilla Reload, or Reloadit card.
So: watch the video. And if anyone ever insists you pay in one of those ways, tell the FTC. Because that will be a scam we want to know about.
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