Protect Yourself from Scams

During recent months, there have been an increasing number of phone and email scams involving Lions. One member bought into an email scam and lost $2,700. Another received a check from Lions that looked legitimate, including correct routing numbers. Because she wasn’t expecting money, she called the help desk and discovered it was a scam. The perpetrators are also posing as members contacting other members to make donations via phone.

Unfortunately, if you lose money in a scam there is no legal recourse and no way to recover the money.

Protect yourself!

  • If someone contacts you via phone or email, no matter how legitimate he or she seems, never give out personal information such as: passwords, Social Security numbers or national ID, credit card or bank account numbers, driver’s license or passport numbers.
  • If anyone mails you a check, deposit it and always make sure your bank confirms that it has cleared before you do anything with the money. Any amount over USD $1,000 generally takes 7-10 days to clear. Some banks clear checks in incremental steps; for example, $1,000 is available immediately, the second $1,000 available after seven days, and the balance after 14 days. As tempting as it may be, do not use any of the money until you have confirmation from your bank that the full amount has cleared.
  • If a person you don’t know personally asks you to wire money, contact the help desk.

A good resource:

If you want to donate, do so through your local club or by going to

If you suspect a scam, or if you’re unsure, please contact or call 1-630-468-6800.

4 Comments on “Protect Yourself from Scams

  1. Thanks for the info. In our District , 301 A2,we created a group in Facebook, the purpose of which is to be able to keep track with our activities, view comments etc and most esp we created this to avoid scams and fake members posing as volunteers.

    • Great way to use Facebook to connect your members and protect each other! Thanks for sharing.

  2. It may be a little late now. But it sure would help if, when sending emails to multiple recipients, they are sent as blind copy (Bcc) so scammers can’t harvest email addresses.