Tips to avoid falling victim to scam

  • Updated: July 12, 2012 - 5:56 PM

 

• Never give anyone personal information such as Social Security number (or numbers from the back of your Social Security card), bank account number or credit card number unless you initiated the conversation and that you are confident the transaction is legitimate.

• If you receive a call from someone claiming to be with your utility company asking for payment, hang up and call the utility's customer service number.

If you have already provided information to someone making this offer, contact your bank and the three national credit bureaus -- Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion -- immediately.

• If someone pressures you to provide personal or financial information, hang up and notify your local police department.

Check on elderly relatives and friends, often targets of such schemes, to make sure they have not fallen victim to this fraud.

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