Monday, January 23, 2017

Just hang up!

Great advice. The follow except is always a good reminder from MA Consumer Affairs
How can you avoid falling victim to a refinancing scam?

  • Ask questions! Scammers use high pressure tactics to get you to act quickly. When you start asking questions about why they need the card numbers of every credit card you own or why they can’t look up information they should already have about you, the scammer will usually hang up.
  • Do not give out your credit card information to someone calling over the phone. Ever! Once a scammer has access to this, they can charge your card for their own purposes or even distribute this information to other scammers. If you question the caller’s authenticity, hang up. Call your credit card provider yourself and ask about any “special offers” or refinancing availabilities.
  • Do not share personal information, such as your social security number or your bank account numbers. If you’re looking to make changes to your credit cards, call your provider yourself. They will have access to account numbers and you can verify you’re speaking with a legitimate representative of the company.
  • Sign up for the state “Do Not Call” registry as well as the national one to prevent telemarketers from reaching you.
  • Although a short cut to pay off your credit card debt would be ideal, it is best to pay down your debt yourself. If you’re struggling with debt, call your card provider’s customer service number (found on the back of your card) and ask about options, such as reduced rates. Consumers struggling with debt should also contact legitimate debt counseling services for advice on how to get back on track.
Just hang up!
Just hang up!

Read the full article on the MA Consumer Affairs blog

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