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 Roy Cooper’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
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You can also read more consumer tips and learn how to file a complaint if you’re the victim of a scam or bad deal.