Phone Fraud Alert: Have They Called You Yet?

This season produces many legitimate fundraiser callers but also many not so legitimate callers trying to cheat you out of money.  Here’s what to look out for:

Beware:

1. If they can’t or won’t mail information to you, forget it and hang up.

2. Ask to be put on their “Do not call” list.  Their compliance is a Federal Requirement.

– Don’t dial area code 809 without investigation!  An urgent pager tells you to call the “809” number to get details of an issue.  You’re charged up to $25 a minute by a company in the British Virgin Islands, which isn’t covered by our legislation.

 – Free Help for “800” number Telephone Scams.  Get the tips on what to look out for.  Federal Trade Commission: toll-free 1-877-382-4357; http://www.ftc.gov

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