VPAR has issued a scam alert for something it is calling the “Do Me a Favor” scam. Scammers have started posing as VPAR leadership and sending members messages asking for a favor such as for a gift card.
VPAR cites several reports of people getting texts or emails from VPAR leader asking them to purchase gift cards or to provide a phone number to text a link. The scammer then would then ask people for their account numbers and other personal information.
It may say he or she is traveling or too busy to purchase the gift cards. Scammers employ some sophisticated techniques, like spoofing email addresses and phone numbers to match or closely resemble a VPAR Leader.
VPAR reminds all members that whenever someone asks you to purchase gift cards or give out personal information over the phone or by email, it’s most likely a scam. Always contact the person directly using your own contact info to confirm any request is real.
Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?
U.S. Federal Internet Fraud Complaint Center www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
If you are defrauded by someone you met in person, contact your local police department.
Tips to help sidestep would-be scammers:
Never Give Out Financial or Personal Information – bank account, social security number, birth date, eBay/PayPal info, etc.
Never Wire Funds Via Western Union, Moneygram Or Any Other Wire Service
Fake Cashier Checks & Money Orders Are Common, And Banks Will Cash Them And Then Hold You Responsible
Avoid Deals Involving Shipping or Escrow Services – and know that only a scammer will “Guarantee” your transaction.