Consumer Protection Week: Great Time to Learn Scams and Safety Tips, Says AG Jeff Landry
“Education is the most critical component to fighting fraud,” said Attorney General Landry. “This annual awareness week is a great time to learn more about common scams and the ways to guard against them.”
Attorney General Landry listed the following as red flags for scams:
- The solicitor says you must act immediately. Legitimate businesses do not pressure you to act until you have thoroughly reviewed the offer
- The solicitor refuses to give or send you written information. Legitimate businesses are more than willing to send you information about their products and services.
- The solicitor is asking for a donation but will not answer how your gift will be used. Legitimate charitable organizations will send you information about their organization before you donate.
- The solicitor asks for your social security number. Legitimate businesses do not ask for this type of information unless you are applying for credit.
- The solicitor asks for your financial information. Never give out your credit card number or bank account number unless you have an established relationship with the business.
- Be wary of anything that sounds too good to be true.
- Avoid high-pressure sales tactics.
- Ask questions and get agreements in writing.
- Ignore “once in a lifetime” offers.
- Do not give cash, wire money, or send prepaid money cards to strangers.
Louisiana residents may find more consumer safety tips at www.AGJeffLandry.com.
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