1. Inform. Warn loved ones not to not to give out their social security, credit card, or bank account numbers, or to buy anything over the phone.
2. Recognize Signs. Make the person aware of common scenarios: “Free prizes” that require the winner to pay registration or shipping fees, medical discounts that require credit card info, offers to extend warranty on cars or other property.
3. Rehearse. Practise a polite but firm response: “I’m not interested, thanks. Please remove me from your call list. Goodbye.”
4. Take Precautions. Look into things like this customizable prepaid Visa card, which can block over-the-phone purchases and other unwanted charges.
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