An impersonation scam is where scammers pretend to be trusted businesses, friends or family to steal your money or personal information.
Impersonation scammers can reach you on all mediums such as text message, websites, social, media, email and phone calls.
Scammers often pretend to be government officials, well-known companies, charities, celebrities, law enforcement or even family and friends.
Impersonation scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated and therefore harder to identify;
- Scammers can use technology to make their calls appear to come from a legitimate phone number
- Their texts can appear in the same conversation thread as genuine messages from an organisation.
- Websites for legitimate organisations can be cloned to look like the real thing.
- Emails can be sent with fake sender addresses to appear to come from trusted sources.
- Social media profiles can be established using another person or an organisation’s details and images.
- Documents can be forged to make you think you’re dealing with a real person or business.
Impersonation scammers may know or claim to know some information about you and use this to convince you they are legitimate.