Don't Give Your DNA To A "Scientist" Who Approaches You On The Street
According to Bloomberg, low-income communities in Kentucky are being approached by people purporting to be scientists or medical professionals -- working out of vans, naturally -- who offer them $20 in exchange for a DNA sample (for "research"), as well as a few medical details.
The objective of this exercise isn't the DNA, though. It's the medical and personal information the residents are handing over alongside their samples, which fraudsters can use for anything from stealing people's identities to filing bogus insurance claims. The victims might make an easy $20 out of the deal, but they wind up getting saddled with massive amounts of debt later.
So what should you do if someone tries this on you?
- You do what you'd normally do if some shady dudes in a van asked for your DNA. You ignore them and do whatever it takes to get away, whether it's running, walking, or hopping. If they continue asking for a sample and some insight into your health situation, try urinating freely with both fury and vigor. That's DNA, right?
Don't Return That Call Which Only Rang Once
You know what the most annoying feeling in the world is? When you hear your phone ring and drop everything to answer, only for the caller to hang up a split second later. If you're one of those people who instinctively returns calls like this, be sure to take a look at the number you're about to call back. It's called the "one-ring scam," and while it sounds like something involving counterfeit LOTR merchandise, it's one of the craftiest telephone scams out there right now.