Every year, new scams pop up attempting to take advantage of homeowners, renters, and everyone in-between. Educating yourself about the different types of scams out there and recognizing the signs will help keep you, your information, and your finances safe.

Be aware of what you click on social media

Being savvy on social media doesn’t always boil down to likes and shares. Be careful with random quizzes and polls and the innocent information you provide. Social media is one of the top places to find personal information, so keep your accounts secure. COVID-19 brought a lot of mortgage and homeowner assistance programs—and associated scams. Be wary of ads on websites and social media that promise “stimulus” or “savings” in a dollar amount to homeowners who need mortgage assistance to avoid foreclosure.

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Know who you’re emailing

Never email account information, passwords or other highly personal information to anyone. If a company is asking for it, call the company if needed and ask questions. Guild Mortgage or SmartMortgage will never ask you to provide this information via email, but there are scammers out there who will pose as your bank, insurance, title company or yes, mortgage lender, requesting it. Be very wary of who the email is from and call your trusted loan officer if you sense anything suspicious.

Likewise, if you get an email from the IRS claiming you can get a third Economic Impact Payment (EIP) if you give them your information, report it! The IRS will never call, text, email, or contact you on social media.

You can lower your credit card interest yourself

Are you being promised by a debt relief company that they can lower your credit card interest? Is the catch you need to pay them a fee first?

You can do it yourself, no fees required.

Lowering your credit card interest can be as simple as calling your card’s customer service and asking about lower rates. You can also transfer your credit card balance to a new card with lower interest. This scam can hurt the credit score that you have so carefully kept up.

Know what to do if you have been scammed

Remember, scammers will often demand payment in the form of gift cards, wire transfers, or cryptocurrency. If you have been scammed, there are ways to mitigate it and lock down your accounts.

If you have paid money to a scammer, you may be able to get your money back. The first step is to report it to your bank, credit card company, or wire transfer company and ask them to reverse the transaction. If you have given away personal information, report it to the police and the FTC for next steps.

To keep everyone safe from the latest scams, report them at You can also report to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) or use their online tip hotline.

For instances of mortgage fraud, contact:

Life in this digital age doesn’t have to be spent in a constant state of fear, but awareness of the risks is important. When in doubt, stop and do a little research. Look at the details of the sites and mobile apps you use. Research if needed. Understanding is the key to good digital self-protection. is committed to keeping you safe

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The above information is for educational purposes only. All information, loan programs and interest rates are subject to change without notice. All loans subject to underwriter approval. Terms and conditions apply. Always consult an accountant or tax advisor for full eligibility requirements on tax deduction.