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When you send money to people you do not know personally or give personal or financial information to unknown callers, you increase your chances of becoming a victim of telemarketing fraud.
The FBI’s website provides several warning signs:
Beware of the following statements a caller may make, such as:
If you hear these or similar statements from a telephone salesperson, just say "no thank you," and hang up the phone.
If you have signed up to be a part of the National Do Not Call list, the number of phone solicitations you receive has probably subsided. Nonetheless, it’s wise to understand the types of telemarketing fraud that exist. Once this fraud has taken place it's tough to get your money back. But you can avoid most fraud by carefully following these FBI guidelines:
If you have information about fraudulent activity, report it to your state, local, or federal law enforcement agencies.
Immediately contact the Company, or Bank that represents your credit card, your checking account, loan etc. to let them know of any fraudulent activity directed against you. Call Bank of Odessa (816) 230-4914 to report any discrepancies with your checking or savings accounts. Describe the circumstances with as much detail as possible. Let them know about charges you did not make, or withdrawals from your accounts... They can give you the necessary steps to correct the problem.
If you have information about fraudulent activity, report it to your state, local, or federal law enforcement agencies. The contact information for our area agencies is given by clicking Here.
If you'd like to learn more about fraud and how to prevent it, the following websites provide even more detail than we have covered here.
Bank of Odessa: (816) 633-5331
Telephone Banking: (877) 266-2612
Report Lost/Stolen Debit Card: 1(800) 500-1044
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