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Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Imposter Scams Toolkit

Imposter Scams Toolkit

Help stop imposter scams. Share imposter scam prevention videos and resources with your community and those you care about.

  • Share the videos any way that you can!
  • Easily share with social media and online communities.
  • Publish on your website or in your newsletter.
  • Have an email distribution list, send the info along!
  • Know someone who may personally benefit, sit down with them and watch the video.
  • Propose it to your movie watching community as a pre-movie public service announcement.

More about Imposter Scams

Slow down, log the contact. Make One call to a contact, Call an organization who cares

Click for PDF download and printable SLOW scam prevention handout.

Romance Scam Prevention Toolkit

More about Romance Imposter Scams

Avoiding the Romance Scam Videos

Click each YouTube video link to watch, share, and get embed codes for each video:     Full-length video  |  60s video  |  30s video

Social Media

$304 Million US Loss to Romance Imposter Scams

$304 million was lost to romance scams in the US in 2020. Romance scams often start on online forums, including Facebook, Instagram, gaming platforms and dating websites.  If you or someone you know is thinking about dating online, watch and share this informative video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzuGzrNCAZQ

#onlinedating #scam #romancescam #verifyonlinerelationships #stopscams

 

32,792 reports of romance Imposter scams in the United States in 2020

More than 30 thousand romance scam reports were recorded by the FTC in the US in 2020. Romance scammers build trust by maintaining reliable contact before expressing the need for funds. If you or someone you know engages in communication without in-person contact, watch and share this informative video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB4eB9TR5JI

#onlinedating #scam #romancescam #verifyonlinerelationships #stopscams

 

$349,166 loss romance imposter scams in VT 2020

Vermonters lost more than $300,000 to romance scams in 2020. Romance scams often start on online forums, including Facebook, Instagram, gaming platforms and dating websites.  If you or someone you know has online social interactions watch and share this informative video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwLtvAFd5zg 

#onlinedating #scam #romancescam #verifyonlinerelationships #stopscams

 

Handouts

Use for presentations, post as a flyer, distribute by hand or in a newsletter!

Romance Imposter Scam Steps to Verify Handout:  PDF, Word
Slow Method Handout:  PDF, Word

Family Imposter/Emergency Scam Prevention Toolkit

More about Family Emergency Scams

Avoiding the Family Imposter Scam Videos

Click each YouTube video link to watch, share, and get embed codes for each video:     Full-length video  |  60s video  |  30s video

Social Media

Family Imposter VT Loss data 2020: $88,993

Vermonters lost nearly $90,000 to family imposter scams in 2020. Family imposter scams often begin with unexpected communication from a family member, claiming a terrible situation occurred and money is needed. Watch and share this video with those you care about: https://youtu.be/lIzL8T3sR1I

#StopScams #FamilyImposter #FamilyEmergencyScam #VerifyRelationships #TakeStepsToVerify #Scam

 

Family Imposter Scam data: 25,106 US reports

More than 25,000 family imposter scam reports were recorded by the FTC in the US in 2020. Family imposters claim to be in trouble and need help right away. They ask for secrecy while awaiting the transfer of funds via wire transfer, gift card, cash, or any way you can send it. Watch and share this video with someone you care about: https://youtu.be/gPVFfp4u060

#StopScams #FamilyImposter #FamilyEmergencyScam #VerifyRelationships #TakeStepsToVerify #Scam

 

Imposter Scams US Loss data 2020: 1.2 B dollars

$1.2 billion was lost to imposter scams in the US in 2020. In the family imposter scam, a criminal poses as a relative and spikes your emotional response by claiming a horrible incident occurred and funds are needed immediately. Watch and share this video with your supportive family members: https://youtu.be/PaRNpdAygis

#StopScams #FamilyImposter #FamilyEmergencyScam #VerifyRelationships #TakeStepsToVerify #Scam

 

Handouts

Use for presentations, post as a flyer, distribute by hand or in a newsletter!

Family Imposter Scam Steps to Verify Handout:  PDF, Word
Slow Method Handout:  PDF, Word

Business Imposter Email Scam Prevention Toolkit

More about Business Imposter Email Scams

Avoiding the Business Imposter Email Scam Videos

Click each YouTube video link to watch, share, and get embed codes for each video:     Full-length video  |  60s video  |  30s video

Social Media

Business Imposter Scam loss reported in VT in 2020

Vermont businesses lost upwards of $116,000 to business imposter scams in 2020. Imposter emails appear as though they are coming from a legitimate source. Protect your business; watch and share this video with your colleagues and business personnel: https://youtu.be/yog5lDH6Vrw 

#StopScams #BusinessImposter #ProtectYourBusiness #TakeStepsToVerify #Scam

 

Business Imposter Scam reports to the FBI in 2020

Businesses made nearly 20,000 reports of the business imposter email scam to the FTC in the US in 2020. There are countless ways in which scammers can infiltrate business systems and have money wire transferred, sent by gift cards or cryptocurrency. Watch and share this video to learn how to stop this scam: https://youtu.be/Pzhx6niP5Tw

#StopScams #FamilyImposter #FamilyEmergencyScam #VerifyRelationships #TakeStepsToVerify #Scam

 

Business Imposter Scam loss reported to the FBI over a 7 year period 1

Businesses have lost $6.3 billion to business imposter scams as recorded by the FBI over a seven-year period. With ever-evolving technology and growing capability of scammers to deceive, it is becoming more important for businesses to be on the lookout for and arm against scams. Watch and share this video on business imposter scams to learn more: https://youtu.be/LjRa1tjiVRs

#StopScams #BusinessImposter #ProtectYourBusiness #TakeStepsToVerify #Scam

 

Handouts

Use for presentations, post as a flyer, distribute by hand or in a newsletter!

Business Imposter Scam Steps to Verify Handout:  PDF, Word
Slow Method Handout:  PDF, Word

Scam Recovery Help

Consumer Assistance Program: Attorney General's Office and University of Vermont: Get Help with Consumer Problems and Report Scams

1-800-649-2424    |    ago.cap@vermont.gov