Stay Safe From Fraud

Stay safe from fraud

Criminals are always looking for their next score. Don’t let yourself become the apple of their eyes.

Postal Inspectors recommend that everyone—regardless of age—take the following precautions to help prevent themselves from becoming the victim of fraud:

  • If you’re unsure about a financial offer, keep a record of it, including all mail and envelopes, and get guarantees in writing before acting on an offer.
  • Don’t give out your credit card or bank account numbers unless you’re sure of who you’re dealing with and what you’ll be getting.
  • Resist high-pressure sales tactics. Insist on time to think and discuss offers with trusted friends, family members, or advisors.
  • Ask the promoter for a call-back number. Respectable companies allow customers time to think about an offer.

Report suspicious offers or unsatisfactory transactions conducted by mail via the Postal Inspection Service’s online complaint form or to your nearest Postal Inspection Service office.

To watch a series of helpful videos on some of the latest scams, go to: https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/pressroom/videos.aspx

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