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Posted on: September 29, 2021

I Spy a SCAM

Phone and e-mail scams are becoming more common everyday. The typical scams include calls or e-mails requesting personal information such as debit card numbers, social security numbers, addresses and date of birth. Some scams attempt to convince people they are non-compliant with a government agency and a warrant for their arrest will be issued if some type of payment is not received. 

There are a few simple steps you can take to keep them from causing serious problems: 

  1. Never give out personal identifying information, i.e. debit card numbers or any other financial information via e-mail or over the phone. 
  2. If you receive a call or e-mail you believe to be suspicious, contact the agency or company directly. DO NOT use the contact information provided in the call or e-mail. Independently look up the contact information from a trusted source. 
  3. If you feel you have fallen victim to a scam, or are suspicious of a call or e-mail, contact the Whitefish Police Department, 406-863-2420 to report to a police officer and contact your financial institute and a credit reporting bureau immediately so that the damage can be minimized. 

Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. 

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