Home is where you should feel the safest, and you would think people would have better things to with their life than scam seniors for a living, but we know that unfortunately it happens. On the bright side, the frequency of success is becoming less and less because of awareness and the population being proactive to avoid such possibilities. Here are a few tips to be aware of:
- When answering a phone call don’t always trust the caller I.D. Technology has come a long way
- NEVER give personal information out on the phone. Scammers may say they represent a bank, government entity or insurance company or any reputable financial institution and falsely tell you you finances have been compromised… don’t listen!
- Never give a PIN # (nobody should ever ask that)
- Be wary of “limited time” and or “urgent” requests for payment or postage
- Latest scams to be aware of are anything IRS (they won't call you) Overpayment Scams, Support your Candidate Scams and Fake Cry for Help
- Use caution if someone sounds unexpectedly friendly, or becomes hostile when speaking.
Don’t be afraid to interrupt a caller if he or she is trying to sell you something you don’t want and remember “I’m sorry but I’m hanging up” is always an option!!
The National Do-Not-Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. You can register online at http://www.donotcall.gov or by phone, toll-free by calling 1-888-382-1222, TTY 1-866-290-4236 from the telephone number you wish to register. Registration is free. If you have already signed up for the Do-Not-Call listing, please keep in mind that you must renew your registration every five years. For more information about the National Do-Not-Call Registry visit http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt107.shtm