Online scammers continue to try and get their hands on your personal information. There are several fraudulent schemes that could lead to a world of trouble, if you are not careful.
If you have a credit or debit card, the Better Business Bureau says you need to be on alert. Scammers are sending out automated phone calls and text messages claiming your card has been deactivated. Those fake messages will come with a phone number for you to call. Be warned, it's not from your bank. Criminals are just after your bank account information. If you get a similar phone call or text, don't respond. Hang up and call your bank to make sure your account is in good standing.
Facebook users be sure not to fall for an email claiming you've won a Facebook International Lottery. Scammers tell you your email was randomly selected and you've won $600,000. If you're interested in collecting, you're told to reply to the email. There is no Facebook Lottery and there is no money waiting on you. If you see this type of email, don't reply, report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at IC3.gov.
Phony tax emails continue to pop up in email inboxes. A recent message claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service, but if you look closely, the sender doesn't have an IRS email address. The message claims to be alerting you about an update for 2014 to the IRS website. The trick here is that scammers try to get you to click a link. They even tell you not to reply, hoping you click the malicious links. Of course, this is not coming from the IRS. If you click the links, you could install a virus on your computer or be taken to a site where crooks could steal your personal information. Don't reply to the email. If you see this, or something similar, report it to the IRS. The email is email@example.com.