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Tips to Avoid Scams

1. Do not talk to telemarketers.
  • Use an answering machine. Telemarketers usually won't leave a message.
  • Get Caller I.D. Only answer calls from phone numbers you recognize.
  • Hang up if there is a long hesitation before someone responds. Telemarketers make several calls at a time and usually talk to the first person who answers.
  • If you are not interested, hang up.
2. If you do talk to them, trust your instincts.
  • Never give out personal information, such as credit cards, bank ID numbers, drivers license numbers, and social security numbers.
  • It's illegal for telemarketers to ask for this information.
  • Get any offer in writing. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
  • Don't be pressured.
Protect Yourself! 
Regarding repair work...
  • Only contact well-established, reputable repairmen / companies.
  • Never allow a repair person to fix anything without your approval.
  • Get estimates and referrals.
  • Follow-up on references.
  • Have someone you trust look over the agreement.
Don't Be Fooled!
  • Follow up on any unpaid bills accrued by a deceased spouse. They may not be real.
  • Be leery of "official looking" ads or sweepstakes that you receive in the mail.
  • If your Social Security number is on your driver's license or checks, have it removed.
  • Avoid having bank debit cards. Stealing from them is easy.
  • Avoid calling 900 numbers. They are not toll free and there are usually hidden fees. 

 

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