To protect yourself from consumer frauds and scams, remember:
- Never share your Social Security Number, bank account or credit card information with someone you don’t know who calls you or emails you.
- Walk away from high-pressure sellers who tell you that you must make a decision right away.
- Don’t sign any contract or other paperwork until you’ve had a chance to read and understand it.
- Never pay money upfront to get a loan or win a lottery or sweepstakes.
- Don’t respond to letters or emails that ask you to help transfer money into your bank account or wire money out of the country.
- Don’t cash checks you get in the mail along with a letter or call that tells you you’ve won an unexpected prize. The checks are most likely fake.
Please take advantage of the wealth of knowledge provided by the NCDOJ so you can learn to avoid the latest frauds and scams by reading their consumer alerts and columns. You can also sign up to have the NCDOJ email alerts to you.