Protect Yourself from Fraud

How to Protect Yourself
  • Never give your personal information, checking account numbers, or credit card information over the phone unless you initiate the call to a trusted number.
  • Always verify anyone who calls or comes to your house uninvited to provide any service. Check the phone book or call information for business numbers and call the company.
  • Never contract with or allow unsolicited door-to-door sales people or repair people inside your house without independent verification of who they are and whom they work for. Always get a written contract.
  • Do not clip or place outgoing mail on mailboxes. Use secured postal mailboxes. Retrieve your incoming mail in a timely manner. Report any questionable activities to the postal inspector.
  • Shred all statements, bills, cancelled checks, and anything else with your personal or account information.
  • Remember that it is illegal for a legitimate sweepstakes to require any money up front before paying out winnings.
  • Lock all your doors even when you are at home or outside working in the yard.
  • Remember that real friends are not after your money or your credit.
  • Trust your instincts - if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Help yourself and help your neighbors. You are our best resource, our eyes and ears. Get descriptions of people and their vehicles.
  • Remember that con artists are persuasive and persistent. Their schemes have many variations but they all have the same goal - gaining your confidence and your money.
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