Scams in general are nothing new, but these three might be ones you haven’t heard about yet.
Keep reading to learn about the top three scams targeting individuals in 2019.
Fake Calls from Apple Support
Apple iPhone users think they’re getting a call from Apple Inc., with a message telling them their Apple ID has been compromised. The call looks legit, coming from the AppleCare number and displaying their logo, address, and phone number. In reality, the call is fake and scammers are trying to get personal information from you, such as passwords or payments for tech support.
Apple won’t contact you directly unless you’ve asked them to. If you receive a message and are confused about the legitimacy, visit support.apple.com and request to have someone call you back. They can confirm whether or not the call was real.
Multiple Uber Scams
Scammers and fishy Uber drivers might try to take advantage of you in a few ways.
First, if you’re downloading the app for the first time, make sure it’s the real Uber app. Fraudsters are creating fake apps where it opens a “real” login screen, then once you type in your username and password, it opens the legitimate app. By using that redirect, they now have access to your account. Verify it’s the correct app before signing in.
Second, if you’re in a car with a driver and he or she asks you to re-request the ride, think twice. If surge pricing has gone into effect, they’ll get paid more and you’ll end up having a higher fare. If you don’t see anything messing up on your end, offer to show your driver the phone. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that, send your screenshot to Uber and have them fix it afterwards.
Lastly, watch out for fake cleaning fees. Some drivers might stage a messy car and you’ll be charged a lot extra. If you think this might happen to you, take a photo of the car when you’re leaving so you have proof.
Year-Round Tax Scams
Tax season might be over, but that doesn’t mean you’re safe from scammers.
Look out for threatening calls from people claiming to be the IRS. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration says phone scams have cost victims more than $72 million since 2013. The IRS will never call you; instead they’ll mail you a letter letting you know what you owe. If you think you’re being scammed, call the IRS at 800.829.1040.
If you’re donating your tax return, make sure it’s going to a legitimate charity. Scammers will create names that look like familiar and well-known organizations, so it’s always a good idea to double check. The IRS can help you confirm legitimacy here.