Ruthann Sprague from the NRA's Refuse To Be A Victim® program was kind enough to share the following Ten Tips For Telephone Security with NRAblog.com:
The telephone is an excellent source of information for everyone, including criminals. Criminals often use the telephone to target their victims. Some rules to observe to reduce your chances of becoming a victim:
- Never give information to strangers on the telephone. Be especially careful when asked to participate in telephone surveys.
- Never give information to persons who state they are from your bank or credit card company.
- Never give telephone callers the answers to any questions that might give them information concerning your daily routine, bank accounts, credit cards, Social Security number or income level.
- Requests for your name, address, bank account numbers and credit card numbers are especially suspect. Legitimate callers from your bank, credit card company or credit reporting agency should already know this information.
- If you receive such a call, hang up at once and call your bank or credit card company using the phone number printed on your statements or bills. If a credit reporting agency or other type of company has allegedly called you, hang up the phone and return the call using the company number listed in your telephone book.
- Be wary if you are asked whether you and your spouse both work outside your home. An affirmative answer will indicate to a thief that no one is home during the day.
- If you use an answering machine or voicemail, do not announce your name and telephone number as part of the recorded message. This information could be used to locate your home.
- Don’t reveal your whereabouts in the message. Never say that you’re not at home now, or when you expect to return.
- A safe message for your answering machine or service is: “Hi! We’re busy and can’t take your call right now. Please leave your name and number at the beep, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.”
- If you are a woman living alone, ask a male family member or friend to record your answering machine message for you, or use the system’s generic message.
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