BBB warns the Tri-States of a common scam tactic
There are many ways thieves can steal your information, but one way is used more than others.
It's called a phishing scam.
Scammers send out mass emails or text messages, pretending to be a bank or store, telling you something is wrong with your account or order.
Then, once you click vthe link they include, you will be prompted to input your credit or banking information.
Mara Clingingsmith with the Better Business Bureau of Quincy says if someone attempts to scam you you should report it to the Scam Tracker they have set up on their website.
She also tells KHQA there is only one surefire way to avoid falling victim to a phishing attack.
"In a situation where you get an unsolicited contact, don't give out your personal information. Whether it's banking information or other financial information, your social security number, anything like that," said Clingingsmith.
Clingingsmith says if you do happen to fall victim to a phishing scam, immediately call your bank and cancel all cards, and to put a freeze on your social security number so no lines of credit can be opened.