Southeast Georgia Health System Encourages Community to Stay Vigilant Against Scammers

Living in the digital age has many benefits, including increased communication and better access to information, but these opportunities also make it easier for scammers to take advantage of unsuspecting people. The Southeast Georgia Health System encourages the community to remain vigilant against online and phone scams. To protect yourself from those who might try to steal your money or your identity, make sure you follow the rules of online and telephone security.

Signs it’s a scam:

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The scammers pretend to be from an organization you know, like the Southeast Georgia Health System or your doctor’s office. They use technology to change the phone number that appears on your caller ID, so the name and number you see may not be real. If you recognize the phone number or the person identifies themselves as the caller from a company you know, but you suspect it may be a scam, do not provide them with your personal or financial information. Hang up and call the company yourself to confirm that it is legit.

2.Scammers say there is a problem or a price. They might say you’re in trouble with the government, you owe money, or someone in your family has had an emergency. Some scammers claim that you have won a prize, and to claim it you need to provide personal and private information. Resist the pressure to act immediately. Legit companies will give you time to make a decision.

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Scammers tell you to pay in a specific way. They often insist that you pay by sending money through a money transfer company or putting money on a gift card and then giving them the number on the back. Resist giving them personal information or money in any form. Legitimate organizations will not call, email or text asking for your personal and private information.

If you have been scammed or think you have seen a scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission: reportfraud.ftc.gov.

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