Key Takeaways:

A handy, printable checklist with key points to help identify potential AI scams.

1. Unexpected Contact:

  • Was the contact unsolicited?
  • Does it come from an unknown source?

2. Urgency and Pressure:

  • Does the message create a sense of urgency?
  • Are you being pressured to act quickly?

3. Request for Personal Information:

  • Are you asked for personal or financial information?
  • Is the request unusual or unexpected?

4. Too Good to Be True Offers:

  • Does it sound too good to be true?
  • Are there offers of easy money or unexpected prizes?

5. Spelling and Grammar:

  • Are there unusual or frequent spelling/grammar mistakes?

6. Unusual Payment Methods:

  • Are you asked to pay via gift cards, wire transfer, or cryptocurrency?

7. Links and Attachments:

  • Are there unexpected links or attachments?
  • Do links lead to unfamiliar websites?

8. Emotional Manipulation:

  • Does the message play on your emotions, like fear or excitement?

9. Check for Authenticity:

  • Can you verify the source through independent means?

10. Protect Your Devices

  • Are your devices secured with updated antivirus software?

Important: Always research and verify before acting on any suspicious communication. If in doubt, consult a trusted friend or family member. Remember, it's okay to say no or hang up on unsolicited calls.

Make sure to have this checklist handy and refer to it when in doubt.

Jan 29, 2024
Security & Fraud