Updated: June 16, 2021 07:14 PM
Created: June 16, 2021 05:44 PM
Financial crime experts are warning about a couple of scams targeted at dads ahead of Father's Day.
First, scammers are using e-cards as a way to get personal information and cash.
"People should really take a quick scan over the email, because what we're seeing is a lot of these don't originate here in the United States," said J. Michael Skiba, also known as "Dr. Fraud."
Skiba is an international financial crimes expert based out of Albany. He says there are things consumers can do to protect themselves.
"If it's a scam, it's probably going to say ‘Dear sir or madame'. But if it's a real card, I'm sure they're going to have your name," said Skiba.
Another scam making the rounds is fake notices about Father's Day packages either having arrived or being ready for delivery. Skiba says scammers pretend to be UPS or FedEx, hoping you'll click on a link that contains a virus or give them personal information or money.
Here are his tips for protecting yourself from both scams.
E-Card Father's Day Scams:
Package Delivery Scams:
Skiba says even the best intentions can lead to an accidental wrong move. If you think you've been a victim of an online scam, he says you should call your bank and notify your credit card company as soon as possible.
"Watch your credit cards very, very closely. You might even consider freezing your credit," said Skiba.
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