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Safety Corner: Scam Safety

There are thousands of new scams every year, and sometimes, it’s challenging to keep up with all of them. However, if you can just remember some key tips, more than likely, you will be able to avoid most scams while protecting yourself and your family.


Avoid clicking on links or opening attachments in unsolicited emails. If the sender is unfamiliar, it may contain malicious software.


Double check your online purchase is secure before checking out. Make sure the URL says “https” and the address bar contains a small lock icon.


Use extreme caution when dealing with anyone you meet online. Scammers often use social sites to make connections and gain trust. Beware!


Resist the pressure to act immediately. Try not to respond to such high-pressure sales tactics as “limited time offer” or “act now while supplies last.”


Use secure and traceable transactions. Avoid paying by wire transfer, prepaid money cards, gift cards, or other non-traditional payment methods.


Be cautious about what you share on social media. Check your privacy settings and only share with people you know. Try not to share private information online.


Keep your personal information to yourself. Shred sensitive paperwork, protect your passwords, and guard your credit card number.


Consider the National Do Not Call Registry. Visit and register your phone number.


Don’t buy bogus weight loss products. Stay away from products that seem too good to be true. Remember: the best path to good health will always be nutrition, exercise, and a positive attitude!


Some employment services are scams. Do your research and know what you’re getting yourself into before paying anyone to help you get a job.


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