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Posted on: August 9, 2022

Avoid scams and fraud by taking common-sense approaches

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The City of Taylor suggests that residents avoid becoming victims of fraud and related scams by taking common-sense approaches to these problems.

Scams are most times attempted through telephone conversations or unsolicited mail, often targeting senior citizens. The AARP offers a tremendous amount of support when it comes to preventing scams and fraud. That includes an entire Fraud Watch Network and a toll-free telephone inquiry line at (877) 908-3360. Fraud fighters are available at that telephone number from 8-8 Mondays through Fridays. 

According to the AARP's Scams and Fraud website page, common signs of a scam include:

  • A phone call asking for money or personal information, such as your Social Security number.
  • A request to buy gift cards to pay a purported debt or to send money to someone whom you’ve only met online.
  • An unauthorized charge on your credit card.
  • An email or call saying you’ve won a sweepstakes or lottery, though you don’t recall entering one.

The AARP also offers a scam and fraud Watchdog Alert, which publishes biweekly news via text or email.

The Taylor Police website offers insight into various crime prevention tactics, from being a responsible citizen to crime mapping, business-related crime and a number of other activities. The February 2016 edition of Taylor Today was devoted entirely to local crime prevention, and even includes a two-page residential security survey.

Above all, if you suspect you are being scammed, do not rush into anything and seek advice. Residents can call  (734) 287-6550 or send a digital inquiry to the City's Customer Service Center. They can also call Taylor Police by using its non-emergency telephone number (734) 287-6611.

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