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By Pam Leibfried
March 1-7 is National Consumer Protection Week!
Last year, I had the distinct pleasure of calling a few lucky Alliant members to inform them that they were the winners of an Alliant sweepstakes contest. Have you ever received a call like that? I have, but sadly, the one I received was not legitimate – I was NOT a winner. Instead, the call was from a fraudster trying to get personal information from me. When I informed him that I don’t give out personal information over the phone and asked him to send me information via mail so that I could confirm his company’s legitimacy with the Better Business Bureau, he immediately hung up on me.
So how do you know if a “you’re a winner” call or email is a scam? Below are some red flags:
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