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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on May 15, 2014

Millions of Americans fall victim to fraud every year. Scam artists abuse innocent people through the phone, email, the internet, and even postal mail every day, causing thousands of dollars worth of damages. Below are some of the best ways you can avoid fraud every day.

Always know who you’re talking to

It’s very important to have a full understanding of exactly who you are dealing with, especially when it comes to online transactions. Research the individual or company you are trying to send money to. Look for things like a physical address, phone number, and online reviews. If a company or individual lacks any of these basic qualities, it might be a good idea to avoid any transaction.

Read your bills and statements

One of the most important ways to avoid fraud is to stay on top of your personal finances. Read through your monthly credit or debit card statements to make sure that money isn’t leaving your account to an unfamiliar name or business. Scam artists love to take advantage of people who do not stay informed of their own bank accounts.

Avoid Charity Fraud

After a disaster hits, many Americans choose to donate money to charities and relief funds. Be sure to research the charity you’re donating to, and avoid ones who have only been around for a short period of time, especially immediately after a disaster. Charities that start overnight are typically fraudulent. Check out ftc.gov/charityfraud for more information.

Discuss any health products or medical treatments with your doctor

Before signing up to try any sort of “new” product, always consult your doctor or physician. Some medicine can be mislabeled, expired, or even fake. Always buy prescription drugs from licensed U.S. pharmacies and always do your own research. Visit ftc.gov/health for more.