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Social engineering is a technique used to trick you into providing information. That information can then be used to steal money or a person's identity. This is a common tactic and victims of social engineering often do not know they have fallen prey to a scam artist until their money or identity has been taken.

A person may call or email you asking for information. The means of communication may change: text messages, web sites, etc. The goal remains the same: to persuade you to provide private information that can be used fraudulently.

  • Do not provide information until you have verified who you are speaking to. One simple way of doing that is reaching out to Lake Trust. If someone calls saying they are from Lake Trust and you are suspicious, you can ask for their name and location and hang up the phone. Then you can call Lake Trust to verify. If you receive an email that seems out of place, you can do the same. Lake Trust sends out emails such as its e-newsletter and surveys but would never ask for private information in an email or survey.
  • Only provide the information that the person might reasonably need.
  • Don’t get pressured into giving out information.
  • Someone trying to get you to give up private info might make you an offer that is hard to refuse. If it seems too good to be true or illogical, just say no.