Watch out for Telephone Scammers

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Watch out for Telephone Scammers

This guy may or may not know he could potentially be answering a Scam Call.

This information was given by a wonderful neighbor on our NextDoor Group and it is great advice.  I wanted to pass it along.

We all get the calls, and most of the time don't fall for their tricks, but just in case, here is some valuable information for you!

The FTC gave the following suggestions to avoid falling victim to spoofed call scams:
1.  Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. If the call is legit, they will leave a voicemail that you can handle at a later time.
2.  If you answer the phone and the caller or a recording asks you to hit a button to stop getting the calls, you should hang up. Scammers often use this trick to identify potential targets.
3.  Do not respond to any questions, especially those that can be answered with yes or no. A scammer could record your voice saying the word yes and use it to sign you up for subscriptions that cost money.
4.  Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden names, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls or if you are at all suspicious.
5.  If you get an inquiry from someone who says they represent a company or a government agency, hang up and call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book, or on the company’s or government agency’s website to verify the authenticity of the request. You will usually get a written statement in the mail before you get a phone call from a legitimate source, particularly if the caller is asking for payment.
6.  Use caution if you are being pressured for information immediately. Don’t take the bait. Hang up if you’re feeling pressured.
At Ultima Real Estate we are alway working on ways to help our clients/friends in the best possible way.  We do not want you or anyone you know to get scammed!  We hope you find this advice useful.  
We hope you have a Safe & Happy New Year!  Looking forward to a Great 2023!