Being scammed is unsettling, but prompt action can minimize its impact. You’re NOT Alone; SVA Privacy Office is here for you.
Contact us if you believe you’ve been a victim of a scam. Here are some steps you should consider:
💡 Recommended Steps:
- Cease Communication: Do not engage further with the scammer—no emails, texts, or calls.
- Document Evidence: Preserve all related messages, call logs, or transactions. This is vital for future investigations.
- Report the Scam:
- Law Enforcement: Especially if there’s a financial or personal loss. Arm them with all evidence.
- Financial Entities: Inform your bank or credit card provider to dispute unauthorized activities.
- Government Bodies: In the U.S., notify:
- Inform Online Platforms: If scammed via a site or social media, alert the administrators.
- Update Passwords: Adopt strong, distinct passwords if current ones were disclosed.
- Bolster Account Security: Overhaul your account settings, activating two-factor authentication (2FA) when feasible.
- Keep an Eye on Finances: Periodically scrutinize bank and credit statements. Flag odd transactions.
- Audit Your Credit: Fetch a complimentary credit report from agencies (like Equifax, Experian, TransUnion). Freeze your accounts—it’s free, doesn’t affect your credit score, and blocks new credit lines under your name without restricting your current credit cards.
- Stay Vigilant for New Scams: Scammers might circle back, posing as legal aid or officers. Always double-check their validity.
- Equip Yourself: Knowledge is power. Familiarize yourself with prevalent scams and warning signs.
- Reach Out: Mental health matters. Share your feelings with friends, therapists, or family.
- Spread Awareness: Your experience can be a lesson for others. Notify peers about the scam you faced.
Always remember: Anyone can be a scam target. Swift action and seeking aid are your best defenses.