Tips to Protect Against Scam Artists
- Get a free copy of your credit report. Look for irregularities and unexpected lines of credit – these are signs that you may be the victim of identity theft. Visit www.annualcreditreport.comor call 877-322-8228 to order a copy from each of the three major credit bureaus.
- Place a security freeze or fraud alert on your credit report as added protection against identity theft. A credit freeze locks down your credit. A fraud alert requires businesses to take extra reasonable steps to verify your identity before issuing a line of credit or service. More details and a freeze request letter are available in this DATCP fact sheet: http://datcp.wi.gov/uploads/Consumer/pdf/IDTheftCreditFreezeFAQ632.pdf.
- Sign up for the Do Not Call Registry. Unsolicited sales calls to numbers on the registry are illegal, so if you receive one you will know that it is either a scam or is from a business you may not want to work with. Visit Do Not Call National Registry to add your residential number.
- Get a free copy of DATCP’s Senior Guide – a booklet that highlights common scams and provides consumer resource information. Download a copy from the DATCP website or request a copy by mail by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-422-7128.
- Contact the Consumer Protection Hotline with questions about a consumer issue or to inquire about a business. Reach the Hotline by phone at 800-422-7128 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Follow the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CFPB.
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Jeff received his MBA degree in Managerial Finance and Investor Relations from the University of Phoenix and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Finance and Accounting from California State University, Fullerton.View All Articles