Remember these tips to avoid being a victim of a telephone scam:
How to Protect Yourself
ARTICLE VIA: https://www.usa.gov/telemarketing#item-37207
I am including this information on the blog this morning because I want my blog to be of use and service as well as to be curious and entertaining.
The telephone is a useful thing but mine has been driving me nuts lately with unsolicited calls, scam calls and robo calls and I am sure I am not the only individual who is experiencing this problem.
Here are some suggestions from Uncle Sugar on how to deal with these things for those who may not already be up on how to deal with these things:
- Register your phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry. You may register onlineor by calling 1-888-382-1222. If you still receive telemarketing calls after registering, there’s a good chance that the calls are scams.
- Be wary of callers claiming that you’ve won a prize or vacation package.
- Hang up on suspicious phone calls.
- Be cautious of caller ID. Scammers can change the phone number that shows up on your caller ID screen. This is called “spoofing.”
- Research business opportunities, charities, or travel packages separately from the information the caller has provided.
- Don’t give in to pressure to take immediate action.
- Don’t say anything if a caller starts the call asking, “Can you hear me?” This is a common tactic for scammers to record you saying “yes.” Scammers record your “yes” response to use as proof that you agreed to a purchase or credit card charge.
- Don’t provide your credit card number, bank account information, or other personal information to a caller.
- Don’t send money if the caller tells you to wire money or pay with a prepaid debit card.