Protect Yourself from Consumer Scams

3:49 PM, Jun 30, 2008   |    comments
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We've been hearing from many of our viewers recently about a mail solicitation scam that appears to be occuring frequently in our area. In this particular scam, homeowners receive a letter from "New York State Record Retrieval, Inc." The letter requests that they send payment in the amount of $59.50 - and their credit card number, if they choose to pay by credit - to receive a copy of their property deed. Your questions led us to investigate, and today a representative of the Better Business Bureau confirmed that this offer is a scam. If you receive a letter from New York State Record Retrieval, do not reply and dispose of it immediately. For a sample of what these letters look like, click here. The Better Business Bureau is also warning of several other scams to watch out for. Be very careful about accepting free check offers, lottery winnings, and "mystery shopper" opportunities. An increasing number of these phony letters are being sent out in our area. The BBB has several tips for ways consumers can protect themselves. Be smart and guard your personal information. Don't ever give out your credit or bank card numbers, your social security number, or other information that could leave you vulnerable to identity theft. Always air on the side of caution. If an offer sounds suspicious, do not reply to it. If you're unsure, check with the Better Business Bureau first, online at their website, or by calling them at 1-800-828-5000.

The Better Business Bureau of Buffalo / WGRZ-TV

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