How to avoid losing money to fraud

Fraud, cheating, stealing, tax evasion, scamming, hacking, counterfeiting, blackmail- people are endlessly creative when it comes to using money dishonestly. Even the Bible connects money with evil.

Listen or read the news for a short time and you will notice that money gets people into trouble; or rather people get into trouble because of money. People misuse money themselves, or trick or force someone else into making bad money decisions.

If a message like this one shows up on your phone, ignore it, report it, and DELETE it-don’t click on it. This is an actual message I received; I erased the link URL because I don’t want anyone who reads this post to try clicking on it just to see what happens. That’s what scammers want you to do.

And how do I know it’s fake? For one thing, Amazon doesn’t send messages like this, nor does any other legitimate business. Also, “recovery” is not a verb, and links don’t “bellow”; did they mean “below”?

If you ever question if a message or email is legit, call the business, or go to their validated website. Even them, don’t release your personal info until you are absolutely sure.

Fraud, cheating, stealing, scamming, hacking, counterfeiting, embezzlement, blackmail- people are endlessly creative when it comes to using and abusing money . Even the Bible connects money with evil.

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 

But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 

Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. “

1 Timothy 6:6-10, NIV

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Advice from the Federal Trade Commission

spot a scam

  • Scammers PRETEND to be from an organization you know.
  • Scammers say there’s a PROBLEM or a PRIZE.
  •  Scammers PRESSURE you to act immediately.
  • Scammers tell you to PAY in a specific way.

avoid a scam

  • Don’t give your personal or financial information in response to a request that you didn’t expect.
  • Block unwanted calls and text messages. 
  • Resist the pressure to act immediately. 
  • Know how scammers tell you to pay. 
  • Stop and talk to someone you trust.  

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Godliness with contentment is gain 1 Timothy 6:6
photo by Dr. Aletha, graphic created with the YouVersion Bible app

Author: Aletha Cress Oglesby, M.D.

As a family physician, I explore the HEART of HEALTH in my work, recreation, community, and through writing. My blog, Watercress Words, informs and inspires us to live in health. I believe we can turn our health challenges into healthy opportunities. When we do, we can share the HEART of health with our families, communities, and the world. Come explore and share with me.

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