Scams and Frauds- Day 4 Crime Prevention Week

May 17, 2017

Frauds and Scams

One in Ten People will fall victim to a phone scam this year; and even more will be ripped off on-line. These crimes will cost us billions of dollars a year. The schemes are getting more brazen and sophisticated. Some ways to fight back. Be cautious about anything unexpected; free gift, unexpected package, unusual phone call.

Internet

  • Never click on anything suspicious online
  • Use a password manager with high security to organize your passwords
  • Be careful with free Wi-Fi
  • Secure web searches
  •   If wiring money verify the recipients identity and the receivers credentials

  At your Door

  • Don’t take on face value any stranger who wants your money
  • Don’t let strangers into your home. They could be scouting or wants to involve you in something that you don’t need or even want
  • Watch for overpriced magazines, products or improper charity pleas
  • Practice “ You watch my place, I’ll watch yours” with your neighbours

Investments

  • Always check the registration and background of any firm or person before investing with them
  • If the gain is  “to good to be true, it likely is too good to be true”
  • Be suspicious of unsolicited offers to invest or to recover prior loses

Telephone

  • Don’t be afraid to hang up
  • Discuss the conversation with someone to get a second opinion and to give yourself time to think about the call.
  •    Do not act out of fear
  •   Trust your instincts.

This is a short tip list on some of the many scams and frauds that we are being bomb-barded with on a regular basis. If any group wishes a full presentation (at no cost), please leave a message through the contacts for this site.