|Don't Get Scammed|
Outsmart the scam artist.
Quiz: Is it a scam or is it real?
3 classic cruise rip-offs to avoid.
Read an excerpt from Doug Shadel's book, Outsmarting the Scam Artists.
|Don't Get Burned|
1. Never make a buying decision when you've just heard the sales pitch. Always give yourself at least 24 hours to think about it. This gives you time for the emotional effects of the sales presentation to subside — and time for you to do research.
2. Don't ever share personal information about your family or about your worries with people who are trying to sell you something.
3. In any interaction with someone trying to sell you a deal, always ask yourself, "What's in it for them?" In other words, if this is such a great deal, why are they calling you about it? Why don't they just do it themselves?
… but if you do
For investment fraud, file a complaint with your state securities regulator.
For insurance scams, file a complaint with your state insurance department.
For all other instances of fraud, file a complaint with your state attorney general's office.