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Phone Scams in SWFL

If you’re using a phone this day and age, you’ve probably gotten a scam call at least once. You know the ones. Someone calls your phone and you hear that you qualify for a free or low cost travel vacation, or a too good to be true credit card loan.

The days of the Nigerian ‘prince’ e-mailing scams are slowing down. Now, scammers are calling in the name of an organization asking for donations from city residents.

We heard about some scams happening in LaBelle. A person called from a Florida number asking for donations for the ‘American Firefighters Association’. Offering three different donation packages, they then ask you to provide your personal information.

We did a quick Google search and the ‘American Firefighters Association’ didn’t turn up anything. There wasn’t a page on Charity Navigator either.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is saying that scams like these affect thousands of people . If you get a call like this, hang up and report it to the Federal Trade Commission .

How much information you give to scammers is up to you, so guard yourself.

Signs It’s a Scam
“You’ve been specially selected (for this offer)”
You’ve won money in a foreign lottery
Someone is asking you to make up your mind right away
Extremely low interests on credit cards and loans
Urgent request for donations for a ‘charitable’ cause

What You Can Do To Protect Yourself
Keep your credit cards, bank account numbers and Social Security numbers to yourself.
Check out a charity before you give.
Place Yourself on the National Do Not Call Registry. Sign up at (donotcall.gov). It’s free!
Download apps like Mr. Number from your mobile app store. It identifies if a number has been recorded as a scammer.

Have you been receiving calls like this? What do you do to keep yourself safe

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