"You're a winner!"
"It's your lucky day!"
"Call now to clain your prize!"
Sound familiar? Your mailbox is probably clogged with these offers, and your phone is probably blowing up with them, too.
A nice lady who did not want to be identified, stopped by NewsChannel 9 with a stack of junk mail letters that she's been getting, and told of the phone calls she's been getting from telemarketers who all want her to send money to addresses, both in this country and out.
Under the threat of the "mafia coming to your house," she was coerced into sending $1,500 dollars to one telemarketer.
Of course, that money is long gone.
The consumer advice here is clear: do not send money to somebody you do not know. Even if it's a sound-alike name, (National Publishers Clearinghouse, instead of Publishers Clearinghouse), do not send them any money. They will tell you that you need to pay the taxes or the fees in order to get the money. They'll want you to go get a Moneygram or a Green-dot card, and then send them the money.
DON'T DO IT.
If you get junk mail like in the above picture, tear it up and throw it away (always tear it up, because somebody rummaging through the trash could find it, and then pretend to be you).
If you get a phone call, check the Caller ID before you answer. If you don't recognize the number, don't pick up the call (if you pick up the phone and immediately hang up, you've just sent the scammer a message that your number is working, and they'll continue to call you back).
Just don't answer the phone if you don't know the number.
The scammers target seniors in our community, so please copy this article and give it to the seniors in your life. Put it on church bulletin boards.. post it in nursing homes.. give it to seniors living on their own.
Please make sure they understand that you have to be careful nowadays, and to follow these steps to protect their money.
These tips will also help:Tennessee Do Not Call List Registration
or call 1-800-342-8359National Do Not Call List RegistrationDirect Marketing Association
(Registration to get off junk mail lists):
To stop unwanted email, change the email settings for spam on your individual browers (Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, etc).by Calvin Sneed