Unfortunately, there are bad people out there. I met a couple today when “Amazon” called me. I’ll admit to being naive. I am, by nature, very trusting. In our current world, that can definitely be detrimental.
I stupidly gave out too much information and luckily did not have enough money on either of my cards to cover what they tried to charge me. I eventually became suspicious and asked for a number to call back. I was put on hold for what seemed like forever, until finally there was a click and a busy signal. Yeah. He hung up.
So, to avoid this, you should do the following:
- Always ask to have a number to call back. Tell them that now is not a good time, and you will need to return their call. Any real company will have a number where they can be reached.
- Never give out any personal information, including credit card/debit card numbers (or any parts thereof), CVV numbers on the back of said debit/credit cards, social security numbers, etc.
- Never give anyone that you have not called yourself, access to your devices including computers, phones, etc.
- Be suspicious of anything that has to be done instantaneously. No reputable company will need you to move that quickly.
- When in doubt, cancel all cards and ask your bank(s) to issue new ones. You can never be too safe.
- And finally, make sure your devices are protected. I recommend the free AVG for your phone and computer. It’s easy to install and it offers good protection.
Be smart and be safe and I hope you voted!!!