What to do after you’ve been scammed

Source: Heather Kelly, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

In the immediate aftermath of a scam, your priority is to prevent any additional damage. If you’ve handed over financial information or given money to a scammer, call your bank, credit card company or payment app. Ask the bank or card for a refund or to reverse the transaction.

If you’ve only given personal information, it could still be used to steal your identity. Turn on credit fraud monitoring or, if you’re able, freeze your credit.

Change the passwords on any compromised accounts, following the golden password rules: Never reuse a password. Do not rely on search engines to find help.


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