Common Sense Tips to Spot a Con

It is not always easy to spot a con artist. They are extremely persuasive and aggressive.  One easy rule to remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

  • Never give a caller your credit card, phone card, social security number or bank account number.
  • Beware of 900 numbers. If you call a 900 number to claim a “prize” you will pay for the phone call.
  • Take your time and shop around. Get a second opinion.
  • You have the right, the ability, and the power to say NO!
  • Look closely at offers that come in the mail. Con artists often use official-looking forms and language.
  • Beware of cheap home repair work that would otherwise be expensive. Never accept offers from drive-up workers who “just happen” to be in the neighborhood.
  • Report con games to the police. Don’t be embarrassed. Some very astute people have been taken by cons. Reporting is vital.

For more information about crime prevention call the Brigantine Police Department  609-266-7414.

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