Be an educated consumer and 

become your own best advocate!

 

Check out consumer product reviews before you buy. Visit www.reviews.com. They have truth-seeking story-tellers to help you get the best bang for your buck.

HOW TO AVOID SCAMS & PREVENT FRAUD

Help prevent fraud and avoid getting scammed.

 

Here are a few sites to check out to help yourself get educated about scams, fraud and nefarious business practices:

 

Fraud Prevention Checklist

US DOJ: Identity Theft and Identity Fraud

 

Guide to Preventing Home Improvement Fraud

Consumer Reports’ 9 Steps to Protect Against Credit Card Fraud

Avoid and Report Medicare Fraud

TIPS from Senator Bob Casey for 

Avoiding Phone Scams

  • Con artists force you to make decisions fast and may threaten you.

  • Con artists disguise their real numbers, using fake caller I. D.

  • Con artists sometimes pretend to be the government (e.g. IRS).

  • Con artists pressure you not to call friends and family.

  • Con artists try to get you to provide them personal information like your Social Security number, or account numbers.

  • Before giving out your credit card number or money, ask a friend or family member about it! 

  • Ask them to send the offer it in the mail....if it is a scam they will try to persuade you to do it now, it is only good for a short time....type of statement.  DON'T BELIEVE IT!  

  • If you receive a suspicious call, hang up and please call the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging's Fraud Hotline at 1-855-303-9470

Pike County Area Agency on Aging

150 Pike County Blvd.

Lords Valley, PA 18428

570-775-5550

1-800-233-8911

Fax: 570-775-5558

Email: pikeaaainformation@gmail.com

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Pike County Government

Matthew M. Osterberg, Chairman

Ronald Schmalzle, Vice Chairman

Steve Guccini, Commissioner