Holy handout, you just received an e-mail telling you—yes, YOU!—that you’re the winner of the $1 million 2011 Facebook Sweepstakes!
And as if that wasn't lucky enough, another e-mail arrived informing you there’s a 55-pound trunk from the U.K. (via Africa) filled with $2.8 million in cash waiting for you at Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta.
This is certainly your lucky day! But before you call the boss and tell him your 9-5 days are over, take a deep breath. Repeat to yourself, “If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.” Why would the owner of Facebook simply hand over $1 million to you? How did some big trunk from Africa filled with millions of dollars in cash find it’s way to you at an airport in Atlanta?
These events are simply scams meant to separate you from your hard-earned money. If you respond to the e-mails, you’ll likely be asked to provide personal information like bank account, credit card and Social Security numbers. After that, you’ll be losing money, not receiving it. Victims lose billons of dollars to these types of scams each year. Don’t fall prey to the allure of quick and easy riches.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has some advice for avoiding scams. Let’s take a look at their suggestions:
It’s not a bad idea to check with the BBB if you have doubts about a business. Nearly 4000,000 businesses meet BBB standards and are qualified to use an Accredited Business seal on their websites and business locations. You can check out business reviews for nearly 4 million businesses on the BBB website.
Vantage can help members with the scam known as identity theft with our Vantage Identity Protection (VIP) program. VIP provides comprehensive protection against identity theft and fraud, increasing your protection and improving security.
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