w Imposter scams: Notify authorities of uniformed solicitors who come to residents’ doors asking to test smoke detectors or inspect appliances, and never let them inside your house or office.
w Prizes, sweepstakes and lotteries: Be cautious of accepting winnings that require fees or account numbers to transfer funds, especially if you don’t remember entering the specific drawing.
w Telephone and mobile services: Block phone numbers from robo-calls or automated messages, especially popular scams concerning car warranties or computer fixes.
w Banks and lenders: Financial institutions never request personal information by phone or email. Visit their physical office location to provide data or answer questions.
w Debt collection: Avoid responding to collection agencies if you are unaware of a debt, even if they contact family members or continue sending billing statements.
Report any fraudulent activity to the state Department of Commerce &Consumer Affairs by calling toll-free (877) 447-2267.
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