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Prevent Fraud

Criminals use a wide range of methods and tactics to steal your money.

In this section we explain tips on how you can protect yourself from becoming a victim of fraud.

Steps You Can Take

  • Be Suspicious of 'Too Good to Be True' Offers

    If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

  • Avoid Opening Emails from Unknown Sources

    Stay safe from phishing scams by not opening emails from people or organizations you don't know.

  • Beware of Impersonators

    Be skeptical of unsolicited calls or messages from people claiming to be from a government agency or company.

  • Never Send Money to Strangers or Someone You Just Met

    Avoid sending money to people you don't know.

  • Be Skeptical of Someone Trying to Become a Close Friend or Romantic Interest

    Be cautious if someone you meet online quickly professes strong feelings or tries to establish a close relationship.

  • Be Cautious of Requests for Money via Wire Transfer or Cryptocurrency

    Be wary of people asking for money through wire transfers or cryptocurrency, as these methods are often used by scammers.

  • Don't Feel Pressured

    Resist the urge to act quickly. Take time to evaluate offers before making decisions.

  • Verify Licenses

    Use DFI's "Verify a License" to ensure companies are authorized to conduct business in Washington.

  • Educate Yourself and Stay Informed

    Keep up-to-date with the latest fraud trends and techniques by following trusted sources and government advisories. Visit DFI's Consumer Alerts.

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