How Can I Protect Myself?  

  • Limit telemarketers by registering on the Federal Do Not Call List
  • Call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone you wish to register or go to  There are 4 exceptions to the regulations: surveys, political calls, charities, and businesses that you have had dealings with in the last 18 months.  Both charities and businesses must maintain their own No Call List.  You may ask each one to “put you on their no call list” when they call.  It takes about 30 days to take full effect.
  • Never give out personal financial information
  • Never tell a stranger over the phone your Social Security, Medicare, credit card numbers, date of birth, or the account and routing numbers from the bottom of your bank check.
  • Delete fake sweepstakes & lottery email award notices.
  • Do not be pressured to “act now”  Ask for promotional information to be mailed to you so you may view it at your leisure.
  • Be cautious of sweepstakes. By law, it does not increase your odds of winning by making a purchase.
  • Beware of home repair scams.  If you do not know the contractor, ask for references.  If they want money up front, make the check out to both the contractor and the supply company.
  • For a contract written at your home, you have the right to cancel in 3 business days.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!