I May Have Been Scammed, What Can I Do?

Think you may be the victim of a scam? Below are tips and next steps:

First and foremost, cease all communication with anyone you suspect is trying to, or has scammed you. 

The next thing you can do is report the scam. It is important to contact the proper authorities as soon as possible to help recover lost funds and to prevent others from falling prey to the same scam.

If you have any concerns about a job you find on Indeed or receive any communication or job offer that concerns you, please report the job immediately.

If you believe that someone is conducting scams under the name of a legitimate business, you may want to contact that business and let them know that their name is being used for fraudulent purposes.

If you lost money, provided sensitive private information about yourself to someone who you believe is a scammer, or inadvertently participated in possible illegal activity, you may want to contact your local police or cyber crime division.

You can also file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center.

If you had a monetary loss, shared your bank account details, or believe you are in danger of identity theft, you may also want to report the scam to your bank or financial institution.

If you think you are at risk for identity theft, consider taking these actions:

  1. Contact the Federal Trade Commission by calling 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338); TTY 1-866-653-4261. They can provide a step by step plan for recovering from ID theft. 
  2. Contact the IRS by calling 1-800-908-4490 or visiting the IRS's Identity Protection website.
  3. Contact one or more of the three credit reporting agencies to place alerts on your social security number:
    • Equifax Fraud Department: call 1-800-525-6285 or visit Equifax
    • Experian Fraud Department: call 1-888-397-3742 or visit Experian
    • TransUnion Fraud Department: call 1-800-680-7289 or visit Transunion
  4. Contact banks/lenders/insurance companies or anyone who may use your SSN as an identifier.
  5. Contact the Social Security Administration: call 1-800-772-1213; TTY 1-800-325-0778, or visit Social Security Administration's site or their Identity Theft and Your Social Security Number PDF.
  6. File a police report with your local department.

If you think your computer or device may have been infected with malware or compromised in any way, run a virus check, make sure your computer’s security is up to date, and change the passwords to your online accounts.

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