You receive a card, a call, a text message, an email or a website pop-up message telling you that you won! Maybe it’s a trip or a prize, a lottery or a sweepstakes. The person contacting you is so excited and can’t wait for you to get your winnings.
But here’s what happens next: they tell you there’s a fee, some taxes or customs duties to pay. They then ask for your credit card number or bank account information, or they ask you to wire money.
Knowing how to recognize a wire scam and how you should report it is important. Here are two resources to get you started.