Scams of any kind are despicable. The most successful scams work when the victim is stressed out and they feel rushed and overwhelmed. Scammers take advantage of tax season to take advantage of you.
The more we know about scams and how they work, the less likely we'll fall for them. Check out the article I wrote for Island Scene Online, Avoiding IRS Imposter Scams During Tax Season.
Do your best to educate yourself and your loved ones about scams. Always be vigilant. And if something feels just slightly off or strange, take some time to think it over or run the situation by someone you trust. It could be the difference between protecting yourself and getting scammed.
There are a lot of scumbags out there. One of my dream jobs is to be one of those people who catch online predators. I'm a good writer and convincingly pose as underage bait. I'm not sure how to get a job like this, but doing it part-time would be so rewarding.
Until then, here's a post I wrote for Island Scene Online filled with tips about Digital Safety of our Keiki. Hopefully it can help both parents and kids understand how to keep safe online.