It seems sometimes that it is mostly in warm climates like South Florida that scam artists and con men and women gravitate toward. I guess if you have decided to participate in risky behavior like stealing from decent people, you might as well do it in a desirable climate(that must be the criminal mindset). That is a gross miscalculation in Palm Beach County, because our Sheriff is always on top of these situations and is always sending out warnings, giving out information, websites to visit, and generally forthcoming with vital information to help us(the citizens) to avoid the heartbreak of being taken advantage of, or being ripped off.
We at Palm Beach live work play are dedicated to working with PBSO to help get the word out about things like this.That being said, and knowing that times are hard, we know the instance of scams will increase, so along with the help of Sheriff Bradshaw, we include these pieces of information to assist you. Please take the time to visit these sites and heed the advice printed below. This all compliments of Sheriff Ric Bradshaw PBSO.org and PalmBeachlwp.com.
What to do if you Get Scammed
• National Fraud Information Center
• National Consumers League
• Cyber Cops
• National Consumer Complaint Center
A sponsored site by the Alexander Law Firm and select from 7 different sites to file the complaint at. http://www.alexanderlaw.com
• Better Business Bureau
Tips to Protect Yourself
Follow these basic rules to trim your chances of having your income and assets consumed by fraud.
1 Don’t be pushed into a hasty decision, whether you are listening to a sales pitch from a telemarketer or face to face from a salesperson.
2 Free ‘prize offers’ are never free. The consumer usually has to do something such as pay a fee, buy another product, pay a tax or attend a sales presentation.
3 Don‘t provide financial information or other personal information, such as your Social Security number or bank account information, to people who call you over the phone or come to your home to sell you something.
4 Avoid in-home sales. Go to the seller’s place of business instead.
5 Research companies before doing business with them and get everything in writing. Only scammers get offended at being checked out
6 If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t believe the unbelievable, such as a letter or e-mail saying you have won a large sum of money.
7 Read a contract thoroughly before signing it. Get help from someone such as Seniors vs. Crime or ask your attorney or another adviser to look over the contract.
8 Any promises made but not written into the contract usually cannot be enforced.
9 If someone says that you must respond immediately, you are probably being deceived.
10 Your strongest power as a consumer is to walk away from a deal.
11 Just because a person seems nice and honest doesn’t mean that he is. Scammers wouldn’t be successful if they looked and sounded like criminals.
Source: Florida Attorney General’s