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How to Recognize a Scam<br />Consumer Affairs Branch<br />Fairfax County Department of <br />Cable and Consumer Services<b...
Scam artists seek out people who are not informed about fraud<br />If you suspect you’re involved in a scam, be alert and ...
AVAILABILITY<br />Calls from telemarketers<br />Fax advertisements<br />Visits from door to door solicitors<br />Emails of...
DECLINING HEALTH<br />Unable to perform household repairs<br />Suffer from ailments such as dementia or Alzheimer's<br />V...
“Free gifts”<br />“Act now, limited time only”<br />“High profit, no risks”<br />“Get rich quick investment”<br />“Guarant...
Written information or basic details about the company<br />A mailing address – they might give you a post office box<br /...
The<br />TRUTH<br />What Scam Artists Won’t Tell You<br />fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer<br />
Start with a friendly, reassuring voice<br />Make flattering comments<br />Gifted at getting people to believe them<br />P...
JUST SAY NO!<br />AVOID SCAMS<br />fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer<br />
Contact the Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Branch for more information:<br />12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 433<b...
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Fairfax County's How To Recognize A Scam

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This presentation provides information and tips on how to identify and avoid possible scams. Scam artists often target vulnerable people such as senior citizens or those in declining health who are usually available and have money. Scam artists are gifted at getting people to believe them and are experts at using your emotions against you. Stay alert to some of the red flags highlighted in this presentation to avoid being ripped off.

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Fairfax County's How To Recognize A Scam

  1. 1. How to Recognize a Scam<br />Consumer Affairs Branch<br />Fairfax County Department of <br />Cable and Consumer Services<br />fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer<br />
  2. 2. Scam artists seek out people who are not informed about fraud<br />If you suspect you’re involved in a scam, be alert and recognize the “red flags”<br />SCAMS<br />fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer<br />
  3. 3. AVAILABILITY<br />Calls from telemarketers<br />Fax advertisements<br />Visits from door to door solicitors<br />Emails offering services, gifts, products, or opportunities<br />MONEY<br />Bank account<br />Credit or debit cards<br />Under a mattress<br />Valuable property, such as a home with equity<br />How Do Scam Artists Select a Target?<br />fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer<br />
  4. 4. DECLINING HEALTH<br />Unable to perform household repairs<br />Suffer from ailments such as dementia or Alzheimer's<br />VULNERABILITY<br />Spend hours talking to prospective victims to gain their trust<br />Initially ask for a small contribution<br />Gradually ask for more and more money<br />How Do Scam Artists Select a Target?<br />fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer<br />
  5. 5. “Free gifts”<br />“Act now, limited time only”<br />“High profit, no risks”<br />“Get rich quick investment”<br />“Guaranteed price protected”<br />“Increase your income”<br />“Send fees to cover taxes”<br />“This is your lucky day”<br />“Verify your credit card number to claim your prize”<br />RED FLAGS: Common Words and Phrases<br />fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer<br />
  6. 6. Written information or basic details about the company<br />A mailing address – they might give you a post office box<br />What Scam Artists Won’t Give You<br />fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer<br />
  7. 7. The<br />TRUTH<br />What Scam Artists Won’t Tell You<br />fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer<br />
  8. 8. Start with a friendly, reassuring voice<br />Make flattering comments<br />Gifted at getting people to believe them<br />Provide believable answers to tough questions<br />Ability to impersonate legitimate businesses, charities and causes<br />Expertly use your emotions against you<br />Entertain and befriend you before asking for money<br />Make “too good to be true” claims<br />Scam Artist: How Do They Do That? <br />fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer<br />
  9. 9. JUST SAY NO!<br />AVOID SCAMS<br />fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer<br />
  10. 10. Contact the Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Branch for more information:<br />12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 433<br />Fairfax, Virginia 22035<br />703-222-8435 TTY 711<br />www.fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer<br />consumer@fairfaxcounty.gov<br />fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer<br />Contact Consumer Affairs<br />

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