Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich

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What You Can Do To Avoid Being Scammed

  • Check out a business by searching online for complaints about the business or call the Better Business Bureau to find out if there have been complaints.
  • Check with a financial advisor, accountant or knowledgeable friend or relative who can help you research whether a business is reputable or a purchase or investment is a good decision before you make a purchase.
  • Remember that most work-at-home business opportunities never make money for the purchasers, only for the sellers.  If it were that easy or profitable, the telemarketers would do the work-at-home business themselves.
  • Keep your financial information to yourself. Never give out credit card, checking or savings account information to anyone who calls you, as it is not difficult for someone with this data to draft money from your account.
  • Ask the sales agent to mail you information about their product or services before you decide to buy. Legitimate companies should be happy to mail you a contract to review or a brochure about their product before you give them any payment information.
  • Place your name on the national Do Not Call List.
  • Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Hang up.  A telemarketer has no right to your time or your money.