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BBB Release: Top Tip-Offs To Rip-Offs

BB Reveals Five "Don'ts" To Avoid Scams

Anchorage, Alaska – Oct. 26, 2010 – What do scammers want? Personal data and cash. To encourage scam prevention, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon, and Western Washington offers "No-No's" for savvy consumers and something to say "Yes!" about: Scam Jam 2010, a free anti-fraud event on Nov. 4.

· Don't forward money after receiving a win notice from a sweepstakes or lottery. If they're asking for taxes, shipping, processing or other fees upfront, it's a scheme. Don't send or wire money upfront to win.

· Don't pay for work from an unknown company. If investing in supplies, instructions or a starter kit, research the business at www.bbb.org. If a paycheck arrives, be on guard if it comes with instructions to deposit the check then wire a portion back to the sender or a third party. Do not deposit suspicious checks or wire money to strangers.

· Don't click links or download attachments from unfamiliar emails. Is it asking to verify account or other personal information? If it's from an unknown sender, delete it. If it appears to be from the government or your bank, finance or insurance company, use contact information from their official website to verify the legitimacy of the request.

· Don't provide payment or personal information to an unexpected caller. Receive a call from someone asking for money or information? Just say no. Do not provide or confirm any bank account, credit card or other personal information. Instead, if it’s a familiar contact—such as a trusted medical office or financial institution—see if the call is legitimate; call them back using the phone number from the company's website. Before buying or donating to telemarketing callers, research the business or charity at www.bbb.org.

· Don't enter personal information into an unsecured website. Banking or shopping online? Keep information private with two steps: First, review the privacy policy to see if the company sells or redistributes information to third parties. Second, make sure the Web address has an "s" in "https" to ensure the site is secure.

Do Attend Scam Jam. Help identify cons, avoid scams, and learn to protect finances and personal data at Scam Jam: A free anti-fraud seminar on Thursday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Anchorage Senior Activity Center located at 1300 East 19th Ave. RSVP to Tara Sims at 907-562-0704 or events@thebbb.org.

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About your BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington: Better Business Bureau is a neutral not-for-profit organization with the mission to advance marketplace trust. BBB is supported by BBB Accredited Businesses and provides ethical business standards, BBB Reliability Reports, Charity Review Reports, complaint handling, marketplace events and tips. For more information, contact BBB or visit www.bbb.org.

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