Outsmart Scammers

by Safety Connection

Today is “Slam the Scam” Day as part of National Consumer Protection Week. You’re urged to hang up on suspicious calls from “government officials” and other scammers trying to get your social security number and other personal information.

Last year the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received more than 178,000 complaints about government impostor scams. Here’s how you can protect yourself:

  • Don’t give out your personal information over the phone unless you initiated the call
  • Be aware that scammers can spoof your caller ID to make it look like calls are coming from a federal agency, your bank, your credit card company or even your police department
  • Don’t send payments to anyone via gift card, pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. Anyone who asks you to pay that way is a scammer.
  • Sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry to cut down on unwanted calls
  • Visit the FTC’s website to learn more about phone scams, how to report them and what to do if you think you’ve been victimized

(Shared with permission from Madison Area Crime Stoppers)

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