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Tips to Shut Out the Scammers:

1. Don’t give out personal information on the phone. Banks, the IRS and utility companies don’t ask for personal information this way. So be very wary of someone who calls and seems to know a lot about you.  They may have gotten the information from Facebook or some other social media site.

2. Hang up if you feel uncomfortable.

3. It’s okay to let the phone ring without answering.

4. If someone asks you to keep the call a secret or “confidential,” it’s a tip-off that he or she is a scammer.

5. Don’t bother to be polite. These are bad people who don’t deserve your courtesy. Don’t engage in conversation with them.

If someone attempts to scam you this way, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov. If you live in New York State,  the attorney general wants to hear from you at the Office’s website or by calling 1-800-771-7755.   Go to page 1 2 3  

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