Emergency Assistance scams are a broad category of scams where the scammer, pretending to be a family member, requests money as there have been some “emergency”. Oftentimes these scams take the form of e-mails sent out to members of associations, faith groups, and other membership-based groups. These e-mails are often appeals from those in senior leadership positions to donate to a project or cause that is supposedly being done by the organization but are in fact scams where any money generated goes into the pockets of scammers.
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It is a good idea to create a “safe word” with family and friends.
If the person calling doesn’t know the safe word, I should:
Scammers will try to make you feel panic so that you act without thinking.
If the caller is asking to be paid in ______________, you can be pretty sure that they are a scammer.
It is better to send money first and ask questions later.