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.