- Always tell solicitors: “I never buy from (or give to) anyone who calls or visits me unannounced. Send me something in writing.”
- Shred all receipts with your credit card number: Invest and use a paper shredder. Monitor your bank and credit card statements and never give out personal information over the phone.
- Sign up for the “Do Not Call” list and take yourself off multiple mailing lists. Do not let incoming mail sit in your mailbox. When sending out sensitive mail, drop in a secure collection box or directly at the post office.
- Use direct deposit for benefit checks to prevent checks from being stolen from the mailbox
- Never give your credit card, banking, Social Security, Medicare, or other personal information over the phone unless you initiated the call.
- Protect your Medicare number
- Review your Medicare statements and report suspicious activities to 1-800-MEDICARE.
- Steps to take if you’re a victim of a scam. If you think you’ve been scammed, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to talk about it. Immediately:
- Call your bank and/or credit card company.
- Cancel any debit or credit cards linked to the stolen account.
- Reset your personal identification number(s).
If you feel you are a victim, please call The Crime Victim’s Center of Chester County, Inc. at 610-692-7420.
Information & Assistance Coordinator