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The top three ways to avoid fraud

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In pretty much every article and blog post we put out, you’ll find tips to help you avoid scams. The idea is that, if you can spot a scam, and know how to avoid it, you and your money are more likely to stay together.

Today, we’re releasing a brochure that distills those tips down to the top 10 ways to avoid fraud. This brochure – available online and in print – is your one-stop resource to help you spot imposters, know what to do about robocalls, and how to check out a scammer’s claims.

Here are three things that can help you avoid scammers who try to call you:

  1. Hang up on robocalls. If you pick up the phone and hear a recorded sales pitch, hang up and report it to the FTC. These calls are illegal. And plentiful. Don’t press 1, 2 or any number to get off a list or speak to a person. That just means you’ll get even more calls.
  2. Don’t trust your caller ID. Scammers can make caller ID look like anyone is calling: the IRS, a business or government office…even your own phone number. If they tell you to pay money for any reason, or ask for your financial account numbers, hang up.  If you think the caller might be legitimate, call back to a number you know is genuine – not the number the caller gave you.
  3. Talk to someone. Before you give up money or information, talk to someone you trust. Scammers want you to make decisions in a hurry. Slow down, check out the story, search online – or just tell a friend. We find that people who talk to someone – anyone – are much less likely to fall for a scam.

For seven more tips to help protect yourself and loved ones from fraud, read on – or order your free copies of 10 Things You Can Do to Avoid Fraud to share in your community. And if you spot something that looks like a scam, report it to the FTC.

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For three years my mother in law was scammed by the Nigerian phonies even though we had her phone number changed at least ten times.Days after the change the calls resumed, ATT was contacted and did nothing to help.Some one working there had to have access to the new numbers and pass them along to the callers. No more AT&T .They are to powerful to care or be held responsible

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Just got a fake call from someone at Google telling me my Google Business Page was compromised.

My cell phone will hold only 100 blocked calls. I can fill this in 2 or 3 months. Then I have to delete some or all of them to have room to block new ones. The phone companies and/or the internet providers know from what actual phone numbers and/or internet IP addresses these calls originate. The FCC needs to make it mandatory that no single Phone # or IP address can originate more than 1 call per minute and that would make these horrible intrusions less profitable. No company or agency anywhere in the world has a legitimate reason to call more often than that. And when I say from a single #, I mean a single source # regardless of the unlimited spoofable # used. The providers know. We, the public have a right to peace in our home. The FCC must make the providers of the originators lines accountable.

There used to be an email phone & mail service via the ftc that you could "opt out" from mail & phone scams. Now we need one for the internet scammers as well. Can the ftc please give me any phone numbers or website names where I may opt out again this time, including electronic sites. Thank you!

This FTC article about Spam emails has some ideas for you.

I use a "Call Recorder App" for my Cell Phone. There are many of these available and typically for free. Haven't had to use it for Fraud yet (Good Thing!). Besides the extra protection it gives me it also helps me remember important details when dealing with both personal and business dealings.

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Where do you get a phone recorder?

Have been receiving calls from 304 922 9582 quite frequently. I usually don't answer but I did today.They wanted me to refinance my house. I listened for a few minutes, but finally told him I wasn't interested. I have beenever receiving calls everday from different #'s. I am on the DNCL.

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