It seems like the scams that are taking place are getting more complex. One such example is the one-ring call that you get from a number you don’t know. The scammer is hoping you’ll call back, because it’s really an international toll number and will appear as a charge on your phone bill — with most of the money going to the scammer.
It is important to trust your gut with anything that doesn’t feel right and take an extra step to be sure. One way to review a list of recent scams is to visit the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Information site. You can click here to see a list and description of recent scams.
If you do find that you have been involved in a scam or fraud and want to know what to do next, or you just want to learn more about the types of scams to look out for, Usa.gov has some great resources. They provide details on what to do and not to do, how you can protect yourself and how to report it. From ticket scams to banking and charity scams, they have a breadth of information.
Always know that we will verbally confirm with you any new money transfer or wire request. We will never take any instruction purely by e-mail. Fidelity also requires your signature for the transfer of money to any bank not already approved and on file. If you have any questions for us, or you get a suspicious e-mail or phone call, please don’t hesitate to call us immediately.