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SCAMS

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Alert: credit card scam. Kansas’s Attorney General’s office released a warning of a scam involving people calling and claiming that the recipient’s credit card record shows an unusual purchase. They gain the victim’s trust by saying they know the name and the last four digits of the recipient’s social security number. Subsequently, they ask for the credit card three-digit code in order to get rid of the purchase. The officials warn people not to give their code numbers because the scammers probably have their credit card information, but need the three-digit code to make purchases.

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Agency says seniors being targeted by medical ID scam. The program director with the Houston’s Better Business Bureau Education Foundation announced Monday that her office received reports of scammers targeting seniors by posing as telemarketers. The fraudsters claim that the seniors’ Medicare cards are no longer valid and that they need to sign up for a new one. Then, they ask for a bank account number and when they are refused “they yell at people, they tell them they are stupid and will call back repeatedly in hopes of scaring the seniors into giving out their banking information,” according to the director.

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kratom extract . site New scam making the rounds. A new scam is making the rounds. The scammers call people and say that, for a small fee, they will file a return, claiming they can get a rebate on people’s Social Security tax. However, the law does not allow people to get a refund on taxes paid into Social Security. So the people are out some cash, and they can face a penalty for filing a false return. If you receive such a call, contact the IRS Tax Fraud Hotline immediately at 800.829.0433. More online at www.irs.gov.

 

 

PERSONAL SAFETY

AWAY FROM YOUR RESIDENCE:

bulletAlways be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts
bulletBe aware of other people around you and make note of their behavior
bulletWalk with authority and purpose
bulletHave your keys ready when approaching your vehicle (and residence) and do not have several items in your hands.  If you are shopping, periodically take purchased items to the car and lock them in the trunk or away from view.
bulletLock all personal items in the trunk or away from view – roll up windows, lock doors, and take keys.
bulletPark in well lit areas with a lot of activity.  Park as close to the entrance as possible.
bulletAvoid carrying a purse whenever possible.  Place wallet and/or money and credit cards in a front pocket or jacket pocket.  Carry only items necessary for a particular outing.  
bulletIf you must carry a purse, never leave it open; carry it close to your body with flap facing inward; and place strap around your shoulder (never wrap it around your body or neck).
bulletIf you carry a defensive object (pepper spray, etc.) have proper training first.
bulletUse personal body alarm, whistle, etc.
bulletNotify a trusted neighbor or family member where you are going and when you are expected back.
bulletIf you notice a suspicious person or activity in a parking lot near your car, return to the store and ask for an escort and notify security or store management.

 IN YOUR VEHICLE: 

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Keep all doors locked.   Place purse and other valuables out of sight (when traveling and parked).

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 Don’t travel in curbside lane, especially at a stoplight.

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Be aware of your surroundings when stopped at a light – be aware of people approaching your car.

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 Don’t stop too close to the car in front of you.  Allow enough space to “pull around.”

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 If you are followed, drive to a safe, active, and well lit location (don’t drive home) and quickly leave your vehicle and go inside to call the police and request assistance. 

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 Use a cell phone to call the police, but don’t let it distract your driving. 

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 Avoid any confrontation while driving, no matter how minor.

 

AT YOUR RESIDENCE: 

 

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Get to know your neighbor and establish trusted relationships.  Encourage them to watch out for you, your family, and your residence. 

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Consider starting a Neighborhood Watch program.

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 Make sure the lighting on the exterior of the residence illuminates the entire area. 

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 Each entrance should have solid core doors and deadbolt locks with a minimum of a one-inch throw. 

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 All primary window locks should be operational and secondary locks should be installed.  

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Trim all bushes down and up from the ground.  Trim trees up 6-8 feet from the ground. 

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 Place lights, radios, and TV on timers to give the appearance someone is home when away.

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Stop mail and newspaper delivery and have a trusted neighbor place/remove trash carts in the typical location when away.  Also, ask them to keep an eye on your residence.

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 Let neighbors, family, and friends know when you will return from a trip. 

 

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