Learn How to Protect Yourself Against Telephone Scams

Who’s on the other end? It might not be who you think.

Who’s on the other end? It might not be who you think.Don’t trust your caller ID, Caller ID spoofing allows scammers to seem as if they are calling from a local  or trusted number, when in fact they could be calling from another country.Donation requests aren’t always legitimate Charity scam callers create fake organizations or pose as legitimate charities and play off your willingness to help others. Late night calls asking for urgent help is not likely to be family. Person-in-need scam callers often pose as a relative’s friend or a police officer to try to convince you to send money to help your relative.   Scammers often use the telephone as a method to gain personal details and con people out of their life savings. Avoid being one of them; protect yourself.  1. Never give out personal or bank details over the telephone.  2. Do not confirm or deny your identity until you are sure of the caller’s identity.  3.  Don’t feel pressured to make a decision on the telephone. Remain calm and verify legitimacy through another way. If applicable, call them back on a phone number you obtain from a viable source. Don’t use a number they give you. 4. If the caller is vague or defensive when you ask questions, hang up. 5. Don’t open texts or answer calls from unrecognizable numbers. If you suspect suspicious activity, call us at 413-743-0001.

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