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POSTAL INSPECTORS: THE SILENT SERVICE
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PROTECT YOURSELF




Fraudulently used credit cards confiscated by Postal Inspectors  
Image: Fraudulently used credit cards confiscated by Postal Inspectors
 

Swindlers have been trying to use the mail to defraud people for more than a hundred years. For your financial security, keep two warnings in mind. Something that sounds too good to be true probably is, and buyers should always beware.

Consumers lose millions of dollars each year through false advertising, fraudulent mail orders, bogus telemarketing schemes, phony sweepstakes, and lotteries. Even if the pitch comes through your computer, postal inspectors join the investigation if mails are used during any part of the scam.

Before buying something online or through the mail, ask yourself a few questions.

Are you being pressured to make a quick decision?

Did someone contact you to ask for personal information such as your bank account or credit card numbers?

Is someone promising you a large sum of money for helping them secure money or a product?

Is the product sold by a reputable company?

 
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