Lisa Whitehead published the following post on the USPS corporate blog:
The Postal Service is partnering with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) to promote National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) March 5-11, 2017. NCPW is a federal program that provides information and services to consumers in an effort to improve their ability to protect themselves and loved ones from fraud. As we embark upon this awareness campaign, it is vital that we all do our part in helping to combat fraud.
The purpose of NCPW is to educate employees as well as the general public about scams that, in particular, target older Americans. We all have a responsibility to heighten our own awareness in order to help others that may be susceptible and easily targeted. Vulnerability to scams is an unfortunate part of aging. Each day we learn of seniors that are being taken advantage of by expert con artists that propose believable scams by telephone, through the mail and over the internet.
Fraud prevention is key
We can start by setting aside time to talk to friends and family members, specifically seniors, to devise a plan to avoid fraudulent schemes and stay financially safe. The USPIS has an informative brochure on discussing prevention with loved ones. Review some other helpful tips to protect your information below.
How to prevent fraud
- Acquire non-published telephone numbers
- Utilize answering machines with a large caller ID display
- Only answer calls identified from known callers
- Avoid providing name and contact information to strangers
- Never offer Social Security numbers or credit card information to unknown sources
See the full post on the USPS corporate blog:
Source: USPS Corporate Blog Post