Sometimes when people hear startling news that requires immediate action, they don't have time to think or consider sound reasoning. That's a ploy used by fast-talking scam artists out to swindle money.
Recently, the West Virginia State Police issued a warning about what is called "Nigerian scams," in which a person is asked to wire money to someone in need. Although this scenario seems to have fraud written all over it, there are the unsuspecting who still fall for it.
Other scammers are a little more sly - remember they've carefully crafted their "trade." They prey on individuals they think need money, help or work completed at a low cost. They can approach from all directions: phone, mail, email and even at the front door.
Now, that's not to say some door-to-door sales people or fundraising solicitors aren't legitimate. What's important to keep in mind is tp use common sense, and don't take action on anything involving money before you've had a chance to think it through or even ask someone else for advice. Never, ever give out personal information such as bank account and credit card numbers. As the old adage goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Anyone who suspects a scam is urged to report the details to their local police department.