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Tips for National Consumer Protection Week

National Consumer Protection Week is March 3 -9, 2019. Here are some tips from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to help protect against fraud, identity theft and other consumer issues.
We are in the midst of tax season and scammers will take advantage by posing as the IRS. Remember, The IRS will will never make a threatening call saying you owe back taxes AND to pay using a prepaid debit card. If you have tax questions go to or call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040. LEARN MORE.
If you've ever used a computer and browsed the internet you've probably come across pesky pop-up ads. But what about pop-up alerts stating that your computer is infected with a virus? Are they real? According to the FTC, most likely not and it's probably a scammer just trying to sell you useless services or steal your credit card information. If you are concerned about actual threats you should contact a local, reputable IT business for tech support.  LEARN MORE.
Who doesn't like winning? However, unless you actually entered a raffle or purchased a lottery ticket, you should be suspicious of anything you "win" that comes out of the blue and requires you to pay a fee, some taxes or custom duties to collect your winnings. You may actually end up losing! LEARN MORE.
Did you know wiring money is like sending cash? Once it's sent, it is gone and there's no way to retrieve it. That's why you should only wire money to people you know. To learn how to spot and avoid a money wiring scam CLICK HERE.
Check out this helpful article from the FTC with 10 things you can do to avoid fraud. LEARN MORE.