They offered the following suggestions to avoid falling prey to scam artists:
- If you are contacted by anyone that you don't know asking you for money, it is probably a scam.
- Exercise caution and restraint when asked by callers to purchase items, transfer money, relay banking information or enter any kind of code—it is likely a scam.
- If a caller asks for money, telling you that a relative has been hurt or is in jail, call that relative, law enforcement, the institution itself or family members.
- Do not meet up with anyone you don't know
- Ask suspicious callers for a call back number, or to speak to their supervisor. Oftentimes, scammers will hang p at this point or give you a bogus number
- Use extreme caution sending money overseas
- If you get calls from people you don't know asking for money after a relative passes away, be suspicious
- You should never have to pay money to claim a prize
- Be especially alert around the holiday season, when scams are more prevalent
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