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Beware of Internet scam

Date: July 06, 2007

This time of year con artists are busy thinking up new schemes to trick people into parting with their cash.

In this part of the state home improvement fraud is a popular scheme, and the elderly people are often their targets. However, there are many, many other clever schemes used by con artists.

What can you do to avoid being a victim of a scam?

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System offers several suggestions:

Protect your personal information including Social Security number, credit card numbers, debit card numbers, PINs and passwords. A thief can use these details to order checks or credit cards, apply for loans or otherwise commit fraud using your name.

Deal only with legitimate, reputable businesses. Try to do business with companies you already know or that have been recommended.
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