Are you getting calls from names and numbers you don't recognize? Maybe they're coming up as "Unknown?" Or worse, they're coming up as Bexar County.
Bexar County Clerk Gerard Rickhoff says that the county will NEVER contact anyone or ask for anything by phone. They send everything in a letter on letterhead in proper mail, advising you what you need to do according to the statutes. He also suggests asking the person who is calling you to send a letter or "print literature." Obviously, they can't.
The Federal Trade Commission says the following phrases can help you spot telemarketing scammers:
“You've been specially selected (for this offer).”
“You'll get a free bonus if you buy our product.”
“You've won one of five valuable prizes.”
“You've won big money in a foreign lottery.”
“This investment is low risk and provides a higher return than you can get anywhere else.”
“You have to make up your mind right away.”
“You trust me, right?”
“You don't need to check our company with anyone.”
“We'll just put the shipping and handling charges on your credit card.”
If you hear a line that sounds like this, if you're being threatened to pay a bill or fine you know nothing of, you’re encouraged to hang up and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
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