A $50k CIA Imposter Scam Went Viral. Here's How To Keep Yourself Safe.

After a personal finance expert fell victim to scammers posing as the CIA, the Federal Trade Commission shared advice for keeping yourself safe.

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Imposter scams are on the rise as a recent report shows and they are fooling more of us.

A recent example of that is Charlotte Cowles, a financial-advice columnist, who was scammed out of $50,000 by people posing as government officials. She shared her experience in a February 15 report for New York Magazine's The Cut.

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Jamie Feldman

Jamie Feldman is a journalist, essayist and content creator. After building a byline as a lifestyle editor for HuffPost, her articles and editorials have since appeared in Cosmopolitan, Betches, Nylon, Bustle, Parade, and Well+Good. Her journey out of credit card debt, which she chronicles on TikTok, has amassed a loyal social media following. Her story has been featured in Fortune, Business Insider and on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS News, and NPR. She is currently producing a podcast on the same topic and living in Brooklyn, New York.