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Top 10 Warning Signs of A Con

Posted by Jerry De Luca on Saturday, June 23, 2012

1) High-pressure sales tactics. 

2) Need to act quickly.

3) Need to keep it a secret.

4) Request to wire money.

5) Overpayment for goods and services.

6) Request for personal information.

7) Something offered to you by a stranger.

8) Promise of quick and large returns on your investment.

9) You’ve won!

10) Absence of sound documentation and verification.

10 Ways To Protect Yourself

1) Shred

2) Don’t give out personal information.

3) Put up a “no soliciting” sign.

4) Secure your incoming and outgoing mail.

5) Don’t reply to unsolicited messages (email and phone).

6) Get on the Do Not Call Registry (donotcall.gov).

7) Don’t believe the hype; do your research.

8) Verify identities and stories before acting.

9) Keep personal documents under lock and key.

10) If you suspect fraud, contact the police.

James Munton & Jelita Mcleod, The Con: How Scams Work, Why You’re Vulnerable, and How To Protect Yourself, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2011  

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Jerry De Luca is a Christian freelance writer who loves perusing dozens of interesting and informative publications. When he finds any useful info he summarizes it, taking the main points, and creates a (hopefully) helpful blog post.