Since the start of the Olympic Winter Games there has been an uptick in fraud related Olympic Scams. Avoid unsolicited e-mails, phone calls, and correspondence for Olympic events or support of Olympics.
To Avoid Becoming the Victim of a Scam:
• Do not cash a check that is for more than an amount you are owed and comes with a request to send back the
• Never click on a link or download an attachment unless you are positive it is legitimate. Even if the address of the
sender appears correct, the address may have been “spoofed” to appear genuine.
• Recognize lottery taxes are either deducted before the prize is awarded or the entire prize is awarded to the
winner, who is then personally responsible to pay the taxes which are due.
• Be cognizant that lottery winners are not typically charged administrative fees.
• Only download apps from authorized stores.
• When shopping online, use a credit card rather than a debit card because credit cards give you much greater
consumer protection if your information is stolen.
If You Have Been the Victim of a Scam:
• Contact your local law enforcement agency.
• File a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at http://www.ic3.gov.
• File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov or 1-877-FTC-HELP. If
possible, be prepared to provide:
* Your contact information: name, address, phone number, email address
* The type of product or service involved
* Information about the caller: business name, address, phone number, website, email address,
* Details about the transaction: amount paid, how paid, date of transaction