Avoid frauds and cons

There have been a number of scams in our area recently targeting the elderly. Below, find some tips from the Cicero Police Department on how to keep yourself safe.

Talk over investment beforehand with relatives, friends, or a financial advisor.

Don’t be pressured into making quick decisions. Research offers thoroughly. Check with other resources to compare, as well as references.

Never pay in advance to claim a prize, receive a credit card, or any other offer.

Don’t give your credit card number, checking account number or Social Security number to unknown callers.

Don’t share personal information online unless you are buying from a company that your know and trust.

Don’t open the door for people you aren’t expecting. If someone is soliciting ask for a permit issued by the town of Cicero. If they do not have one, say “No, thank you.” Then call 911 immediately.

Check out anyone claiming to be a relative in crisis before sending money. An example of this fraud is a grandparent receiving a call or email stating that their grandchild is in jail, often out of the country. The “grandchild” then asks for money for bail. Please call your family member before sending money as this is often a scam and not a relative.

Compare prices and companies before agreeing to home repairs or improvements. Get all details in writing.We suggest checking with friends and neighbors for references to reputable companies.

Research charities before making donations.

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