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How to Recognize a Scam

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How to Recognize a Scam

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How to Recognize a Scam

  1. 1. Consumer Affairs Branch Fairfax County Department of Cable and Consumer Services
  2. 2.  Scam artists seek out people who are not informed about fraud  If you suspect you’re involved in a scam, be alert and recognize the “red flags”
  3. 3.  AVAILABILITY ◦ Calls from telemarketers ◦ Fax advertisements ◦ Visits from door to door solicitors ◦ Emails offering services, gifts, products, or opportunities  MONEY ◦ Bank account ◦ Credit or debit cards ◦ Under a mattress ◦ Valuable property, such as a home with equity
  4. 4.  DECLINING HEALTH ◦ Unable to perform household repairs ◦ Suffer from ailments such as dementia or Alzheimer's  VULNERABILITY ◦ Spend hours talking to prospective victims to gain their trust ◦ Initially ask for a small contribution ◦ Gradually ask for more and more money
  5. 5.  “Free gifts”  “Act now, limited time only”  “High profit, no risks”  “Get rich quick investment”  “Guaranteed price protected”  “Increase your income”  “Send fees to cover taxes”  “This is your lucky day”  “Verify your credit card number to claim your prize”
  6. 6.  Written information or basic details about the company  A mailing address – they might give you a post office box
  7. 7. The TRUTH
  8. 8.  Start with a friendly, reassuring voice  Make flattering comments  Gifted at getting people to believe them  Provide believable answers to tough questions  Ability to impersonate legitimate businesses, charities and causes  Expertly use your emotions against you  Entertain and befriend you before asking for money  Make “too good to be true” claims
  9. 9. JUST SAY NO!
  10. 10.  Contact the Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Branch for more information: 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 433 Fairfax, Virginia 22035 703-222-8435 TTY 711