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Fox Run Offers Tips to Help You Protect Yourself From Fraud During the Holidays

November 2, 2011

NOVI, MI (December1, 2011) --  'Tis the season for tele-thieves to make their living at your expense.
Fox Run retirement community in Novi, MI, offers the following tips to help you protect yourself from fraud during the holidays:
n  Keep your credit and identity safe this holiday season by outsmarting the evil-doers. You may receive a phone call this time of year from a person claiming to be with your bank's fraud department. They will claim that your account shows some suspicious activity and they want to review your purchase history or verify your account number.  If you receive this call, thank them for the information and tell them that you will call the 800 number on the back of your credit card or bank statement to review the account. If they are persistent, hang up and call the number on your statement or credit card and explain that you received this phone call and want to review your account. Feel free to give any information to the person you are now speaking to since you initiated the call.
n  Never give your Social Security number over the phone unless you initiate the call. Never.
n  If you receive a notice in the mail or online that you have won a contest or sweepstakes that you did not  enter, it is a scam. You cannot win a foreign lottery in the United States.  You never have to pay fees prior to collecting any winnings.
n  If your "grandchild" calls you in a panic needing money wired immediately, it is probably a widely known scam. Talk to someone before you wire any money.
n  Feel good about giving to charity, but be sure it is a legitimate, registered 501(c)3 nonprofit.
Enjoy this wonderful time of year with your loved ones and your friends. Happy holidays.