Scams are kind of like zombies. The formerly popular TV show The Walking Dead is set in a sort of zombie apocalypse and was filmed here in Atlanta. But like zombies, the scams never stop and there seems to be a never-ending litany of folks who are trying to get their hands on our money. It truly is a serious problem- the FTC received 5.7 million reports with a total of $5.9 billion lost to scams in 2021! And on top of that scammers have gotten really sophisticated and are specifically targeting younger folks by using platforms like social media or dating apps and targeting Venmo balances and crypto holdings. Listen as we discuss a number of different sneaky scams that are targeting a younger generation, how they work, and then what you can do to protect your money.
- Make it harder to lose money to scammers by freezing your credit.
- If you ever are the victim a fraud or a scam, let the Federal Trade Commission know by heading to ReportFraud.ftc.gov
- And we referenced a number of different stories during this episode: scam sales on TikTok, scammers using dating apps, & IRS scams.
- Listen back to episode 254 if you haven’t heard us talk about MLMs.
- Extra cash – And regardless of where you are on the path to financial independence, we believe in the responsible use of credit cards. It’s smart to utilize the additional benefits that credit cards offer- for instance the 60,000 points that come with the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. That’s $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards! This is no joke- I’ve already done this myself which we discussed on a recent episode after I met the initial spending requirements of $4,000 over 3 months!
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