Learning for Better Living
Beware of Fraud
Every year, consumers around the country lose
millions of dollars to fraud. Con artists use all kinds
of tricks to get their trust and money! Elderly people
are their favorite targets. But anybody can be a victim
Learn to spot fraud, and avoid it!
Beware of people who call you by phone or knock at
your door with great offers.
- Check out the offers you get in the mail,
especially those that say that you have won a prize.
They’ll probably make you pay for something. Some
scams make you call a 900 phone number. The cost of
the call may result in a large phone bill.
Beware when someone offers you “a great bargain” or a
chance to make lots of money. If you believe you’ll get
something for nothing, chances are you’ll get nothing!
- Don’t trust someone who asks for cash-only payments.
- Never give your credit card or bank account numbers to strangers.
- Check out those who pressure you to pay for work that must be done in your house. Don’t let them scare you.
- Don’t trust “special offers” that require you to buy or pay NOW. Watch out, con artists don’t want you to think it over.
- Never sign a contract under pressure, check it
and discuss it with someone you trust.
Beware of salespeople who ask you to keep secret “the
great bargain you just got.” They want you to keep quiet
so they’ll have time to run or to swindle more people.
If that ‘great bargain’ is really good, it can wait until you think it over.
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009