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Scammers get more creative every day.  Follow these tips to avoid falling victim to their scams.

Scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic to create new ways to steal money and personal information from unsuspecting people.  Remember these tips to avoid being a victim of a telephone scam:

Do

  • Register your phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry. You may register online or 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.”
  • Independently research business opportunities, charities, or travel packages being offered by the caller.

Don’t

  • 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 and use it 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 a caller tells you to wire money or pay with a prepaid debit card.
 
 
 
The FBI provides additional information on phone and other scams on their website.