If you’re contacted by a scammer, the best thing you can do is simply ignore them—don’t answer their calls, delete their emails, and navigate away from a sketchy looking site. You should never give anyone information or send them money until you are sure that they are legitimate. If you’ve been contacted by a scammer, you can also report them to the FTC to help stop them from reaching out to you or others.
If you’ve sent money to someone you believe is a scammer, it’s best to act as soon as possible. Cancel the card, call your bank to inform them you believe your account information has been stolen, or reach out to an administrator or helpline for the account. If the scammer has your sensitive information, such as your social security number, this site from the FTC can help you know what to do next.
Scammers are constantly changing and refining their attempts to take your money or information, to learn more about the recent scams that have been reported, and to see more tips for keeping yourself safe, you can visit the FTC’s website.