Why are more phone scammers calling cell phones? Did you know that scammers stole $7.4 billion from callers they fooled last year? These scammers use many techniques to take your money. For example, they might pretend they are your bank, the government or tech support from familiar companies. Watch this Tampa Bay Times NIE video, find out why more phone scammers are calling your cell phone. When scammers phone you, they try to get personal information from you. Never share your personal information with someone on the phone or on social media. Identity thieves may steal or misuse your personal information.
SS.8.FL.6.7 Evaluate social networking sites and other online activity from the perspective of making individuals vulnerable to harm caused by identity theft or misuse of their personal information.
SS.912.FL.6.9 Explain that loss of assets, wealth, and future opportunities can occur if an individual’s personal information is obtained by others through identity theft and then used fraudulently, and that by managing their personal information and choosing the environment in which it is revealed, individuals can accept, reduce, and insure against the risk of loss due to identity theft.
Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.