Protect Your Information: Scam Predictions for 2021

( – Scammers were busy in 2020 and there’s no reason to think they’ll slow down in the new year. There will still be people looking for ways to steal from hard-working Americans. That means companies and average people will have to stay vigilant and the best way to do that is to be aware of what to avoid.

5 Scam Predictions for 2021

There’s no reason to believe the scams in 2021 will be much different than those schemes in 2020. Although the US has a defense against COVID-19 now, and the vaccinations are being rolled out across the country, experts believe the virus will likely continue to be a money-maker for scammers.

  1. Cybercriminals are also going to continue to target remote workers especially since many companies are allowing employees to use their own devices and they may not have proper malware protection.
  2. Scammers will likely continue to trick people into giving up their information. Ignore texts, emails and phone calls from people claiming to be from the government and asking for your personal information.
  3. Experts believe hospitals and other healthcare agencies need to exercise extreme caution because the industry will continue to be targeted by hackers. These attacks could be deadly.
  4. Charity scams will almost certainly continue to be a problem. Do not give your personal or financial information to people who contact you claiming to be from a charitable organization.
  5. Phishing scams will continue. Be careful when entering your information online. Do not store credit card information on shopping sites, and make sure you are only visiting secured sites. Look for the lock icon in the address bar.

If you believe you were the victim of a scam, be sure to report it to the Federal Trade Commission and the major credit bureaus.

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