ELIZBAETH – The United States Postal Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service are joining with other federal, state, law enforcement, local government agencies and national consumer advocacy organizations this year to support the 13th annual National Consumer Protection Week, March 6-12.
Elizabeth Postmaster Dennis Allocco offered the following fraud prevention tips to local residents and businesses:
- First, if it sounds too good to be true — it is.
- Second, remember that foreign lotteries are illegal in the U.S.
- Third, always check your monthly bank statements.
- Fourth, on an annual basis, order and review your credit reports from the three credit bureaus — Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion.
- Fifth, never deposit a check if you don’t know who sent it to you.
- Sixth, remember that your bank will never e-mail or call asking for your account number, password, credit card number, or other private information.
“Law enforcement and consumer protection experts agree that identity theft and other fast growing fraudulent schemes can ruin financial investments and cost thousands of dollars to unwary consumers,” Allocco said.
“By shining a spotlight on identity theft and other scams during National Consumer Protection Week, we hope to educate consumers and raise awareness of how to combat fraud,” emphasizes New Jersey-based Postal Inspector David Arias.
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