Smart choices helps protect from scamsPublished 10:39am Friday, September 27, 2013
Scams are nothing new to Lawrence County’s law enforcement agencies, but there is always a new crop of efforts to defraud citizens out of their hard earned money.
Such is the case in Ironton as the city police have received reports of several new scams targeting citizens.
Criminals will always devise new ways to try to dupe people but the easiest way to protect yourself is simply not to provide personal information, make blind purchases or send money to companies contacting you through the mail or by telephone.
If you do receive something suspicious, report it to the authorities so they can investigate and warn others if necessary.
The National Council on Aging offers these tips to help citizens avoid telemarketing or mail scams:
> Don’t buy from an unfamiliar company.
> Always ask for and wait until you receive written material about any offer or charity.
> Obtain a salesperson’s name, business identity, telephone number, street address, mailing address, and business license number before you transact business.
> Always take your time in making a decision. If you have information about a fraud, report it to state, local, or federal law enforcement agencies.
Lawbreakers will always find new ways to defraud honest individuals, but arming themselves with information and making smart decisions is the best way for citizens to protect themselves.