Is it just me, or is there an increase in scams, not only in your inbox, but also coming through as texts, Facebook, WhatsApp and other services.

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It seems as if you can't turn around without hitting the newest scam hitting the area.

Watch Out For This Scam Mid-Michigan

On a daily, I am weeding out my emails, making sure I don't miss anything, but also making sure I don't fall for the latest scam out there today. A lot of scammers are getting more and more evolved, trying harder and harder to get information from you that you don't want to lose.

On average, I receive around 10 or so spam emails per day in my work email, let alone my personal email as well.

Artur/Getty Images
Artur/Getty Images

There's another scam that is circulating around, and a lot of it is as simple as a text now-a-days.

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Below is an example of a scam that you could see here in the Mid-Michigan area. What starts as a simple text asking in your interest in something, can spiral you into a hole of darkness you may not be able to get yourself out of.

Nathan Vandenburg TSM
Nathan Vandenburg TSM

While, not all texts or emails or scams, some companies attempt to reach out to either network or recruit. However, I've noticed an uptick in text messages recently, even just messages that say, "Hey Janet, I'm lost, can you help?"

It seems little, but sometimes responding to these messages opens a line of communication that could put yourself in harms way.

What To Do If You Give A Phone Scammer Information?

Did you make the mistake of giving out your information? Check out some steps below to protect yourself.

8 Things To Do If You Paid A Phone Scammer

Merciless phone scammers are targeting unaware folks with schemes involving pleas for charity, car warranties, unpaid traffic tickets, you name it. The Federal Trade Commission says, "Scammers often ask you to pay in ways that make it tough to get your money back. No matter what payment method you used to pay, the sooner you act, the better."
If you have paid one of these scammers and then realize you have been scammed, here are 8 tips from the Federal Trade Commission, on what to do if you have paid a scammer.

Gallery Credit: Brad Carpenter/Federal Trade Commission/Canva

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