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:
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