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Avoid Consumer Scams

Scammers are always coming up with new tricks and twists to steal your hard-earned money.
To protect yourself from consumer frauds and scams, remember:
  • Never share your Social Security Number, bank account or credit card information with someone you don’t know who calls you or emails you.


  • Walk away from high-pressure sellers who tell you that you must make a decision right away.


  • Don’t sign any contract or other paperwork until you’ve had a chance to read and understand it.


  • Never pay money upfront to get a loan or win a lottery or sweepstakes.


  • Don’t respond to letters or emails that ask you to help transfer money into your bank account or wire money out of the country.


  • Don’t cash checks you get in the mail along with a letter or call that tells you you’ve won an unexpected prize. The checks are most likely fake.


  • Check out a company with Attorney General Josh Stein’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM before you do business with them.  


You can learn to avoid the latest frauds and scams by reading our consumer alerts and columns.  You can also sign up up to have alerts emailed to you.

You can also watch our consumer protection video, read more consumer tips, and learn how to file a complaint if you’re the victim of a scam or bad deal.