Key scam indicators to look out for to avoid becoming a victim

Federal Trade Commission offers tips to avoid scams during National Consumer Protection Week

During National Consumer Protection Week, the FTC is letting people know about the key scam indicators to look out for to avoid becoming a victim.

SAN ANTONIO – Scams don’t stop for a pandemic, heavy winter weather, or anything in between. In fact, you’ll likely see scammers trying to take advantage of disaster situations.

During National Consumer Protection Week, the Federal Trade Commission is offering some guidance on what you should be looking out for to avoid becoming a victim.

Scammers have lots of fake stories. They’ll tell you about early access to vaccines, that you’ve won a prize for a contest you never entered, that your computer needs tech support you never asked for, or they’ll play an online love interest.

These stories are a dime a dozen. Whatever they may be, the FTC says scammers only want you to pay up or share your personal information.

Remember, no legitimate company or organization will ever ask you to pay with a gift card, money transfer or pre-paid debit card. And no government agency will ever call, email or text to ask you for money, your Social Security number or your banking information.

The FTC recommends sharing these tips with friends or relatives to make sure they’re informed if they get a suspicious call.

If you see a scam, report it by visiting

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About the Author:

Ivan Herrera has worked as a journalist in San Antonio since 2016. His work for KSAT 12 and includes covering breaking news of the day, as well as producing Q&As and content for the "South Texas Pride" and "KSAT Money" series.