March 6-12 is National Consumer Protection Week, presented by the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS). Fans can visit the USPIS booth in the concourse of the Allstate Arena at Chicago Wolves games on Sun., March 6, Wed., March 9, and Fri., March 11, to receive a free magnetic picture frame, courtesy of the USPIS in support of National Consumer Protection Week, while supplies last.
To learn more about what you can do to protect yourself against fraud, visit www.deliveringtrust.com, and follow these 10 easy tips:
Top 10 Ways To Prevent Fraud
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- No one needs your help to transfer money in and out of the United States.
- Check your monthly statements.
- Never deposit a check if you don't know who sent it to you. Just because your ATM or Internet bank account says "funds available" doesn't mean the check has cleared. Never accept a check for payment if the amount is greater than what you're owed.
- Your bank will never email or call asking for your account number. Limit the amount of personal information you give out over the phone or Internet.
- There are no legitimate work-at-home jobs involving processing checks.
- Foreign lotteries are illegal in the United States.
- Never send money to a company you don't know before checking with the Better Business Bureau, your financial advisor, or family members.
- Shred unwanted documents containing personal information.
- It's a good idea to order your credit report once a year, and review it thoroughly. By law, an annual report is available at no charge at annualcreditreport.com.