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Ring, Ring, Ring!

Ring, Ring, Ring

The phone rings and the number shown on caller ID is not one you recognize. You answer and it is exactly who you thought it might be – a telemarketer. Many legal companies use the telephone to sell products and service. Telemarketing is big business and it can be good business for a special product or service you need but how do you avoid illegal companies? Illegal telemarketers know what to say to make you part with your hard earned dollars. One way to avoid becoming a telephone scam victim is to learn the familiar statements and tactics used by con artists. If you hear one of the following, hang up. Not listening to offers that are “too good to be true” is the first defense is avoiding becoming a scam victim. Avoid statements of: - “You have to act now or the offer will not be good” - “You cannot afford to miss this high-profit, no-risk offer” - “You have won a free gift, a vacation or a prize – you pay only for postage and handling or other charges.” - “You have been specially selected to hear this offer” Consumers’ age 60 and more are often the target of con artists. Seniors living alone are considered easy targets. The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. The National Do Not Call Registry is managed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer protection agency. You can register your home or mobile phone for free by calling the registry’s toll-free number (1-888-382-1222) or online at: https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days

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