Be Wary Of Technical JargonThe main thing that scammers do to take advantage of use is to use a lot of technical jargon. They like to pretend that they are really knowledgeable and that without them we'd not be able to survive. This is all too prevalent in the area of home repairs. We all want to make sure that our home is well maintained. This means that you will probably at some point be visited by someone claiming that your roof is in dire need of replacing. They will scare you so much with jargon that you'll pay just about anything for them to fix the problem. Of course, there probably is no problem in the first place, or it might be that it should normally be very simple and quick to fix. So make sure you get quotes from different contractors. You can also contact Better Business Bureau or the National Fraud Information Center to check up on any of the companies. Always make sure you don't pay for all the work upfront because then there's no incentive for them to come back and do the work. Instead you should pay them at the end or you could pay small amounts for materials.
Ask For HelpDon't be scared of asking people that you know and trust for advice. They will want to help and wouldn't like the idea of you suffering in silence. American Association of Retired Persons might also be of help as they do their best to keep people abreast of the latest scams to be aware of. They also give tips on your consumer rights as well as how to plan your finances.
Destroy Sensitive DataWhenever you receive anything with sensitive data on it such as bank details, address, national insurance number and telephone number you should make sure you destroy them so that nobody can use them for identity theft. The best way to destroy this info is to use a shredder. You can even put the shredded paper on a compost heap as an extra measure.
Make sure that you have understood that there are people out there who are willing to go to any length to part you with your money. It's sad but true. You should also try to spread the word in terms of warning people of the dangers of fraud. You never know, you might be able to save someone from a lot of problems.
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