Tips for Warwick residents to beat the scammers
- Always consider contact from people or businesses - via phone, mail, email, in person or on a social networking site - may be a scam. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
- Know who you are dealing with. Take some time to do a bit of research.
- Do not open suspicious texts, pop-up windows or emails. Verify the contact's identity through an independent source such as a phone book or online search. Do not use the contact details in the message.
- Keep your passwords and pin numbers in a safe place. Be very careful about how much personal information you share on social media. Scammers can use your information and pictures to create a fake identity or to target you with a scam.
- Keep your mobile devices and computers secure. Always use password protection and do not share access with others (including remotely). Update security software and back up content. Avoid using public computers or WiFi hotspots to access online banking or provide personal information.
- Choose passwords that would be difficult for others to guess and update them regularly. A strong password should include a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
- Never send money or give credit card details, online account details or copies of personal documents to anyone you do not know or trust.