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Scam Warning Signs

When you send money to people you do not know personally, or give personal or financial information to unknown callers, you INCREASE your chances of becoming a victim of telemarketing fraud.

Warning signs -- what a caller may tell you:

  • “You must act ‘now’ or the offer won’t be good.”
  • “You’ve won a ‘free’ gift, vacation, or prize.” But you have to pay for “postage and handling” or other charges.
  • “You must send money, give a credit card or bank account number, or have a check picked up by courier.” You may hear this before you have had a chance to consider the offer carefully.
  • “You don’t need to check out the¬†company with anyone.” The callers say you do not need to speak to anyone including your family, lawyer, accountant, local Better Business Bureau, or consumer protection agency.
  • “You don’t need any written information about their company or their references.”
  • “You can’t afford to miss this ‘high profit, no-risk’ offer.”

If you hear these -- or similar -- "lines" from a telephone salesperson, just say "no thank you," and hang up the phone.

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