From the Council of Better Business Bureaus
The U.S. government's Office of Personal Management (OPM) has been notifying those affected by a recent cyber security breach that their personal data was compromised. Unfortunately, scammers are also "notifying" consumers. Here's how to identify a real OPM notification letter and the signs of a scam.
How to Spot a Real OPM Letter:
You don't have to be a U.S. federal employee to receive a notification from OPM. The breach was wide reaching, and there are many ways your personal information may have been included. Common ones include:
Real Letters Contain:
Signs of a Scam:
Scammers love to take advantage of large government initiatives. Scams surrounding the roll out of the Affordable Care Act are a recent example. Be on the lookout for scammers attempting to cash in on this effort.
For More Information:
Learn more about the data breach and the U.S. government efforts to notify those affected on OPM's website.
Check out BBB's Top 10 Scams of 2015: bbb.org/top10scams
To find out more about other scams, check out BBB Scam Stopper (bbb.org/scam).
To report a scam, go to BBB Scam Tracker (bbb.org/scamtracker).