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How to protect yourself from scammers

Posted at 9:26 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 23:25:24-04

TULSA, OK (KJRH) — Those scam calls are getting harder to catch, and experts say they're becoming more popular. Scam callers can equip themselves with all sorts of information that helps them gain your trust over the phone.

Jeffrey Miller is the owner of Oklahoma CPC Insurance Agency. He says if you're getting a call and you don't know the number, don't answer it. He says calling back or even answering can lead right to a trap.

"Just because someone sounds real friendly, because they know your name, because they know your address," Miller said, they may have bought that information. They may have your social security number, they may have your bank account number, and every piece of information they have makes you trust them more."

Miller says callers can disguise their phone number to make it seem like they're calling from your area code. Depending on what the callers already have, they may ask for money or information.

He suggests changing your passwords as many as four times a year, and periodically checking to make sure your contact information is correct with your banks and credit cards.

Miller says if scammers have your credit card information, they may check to see if it's good by making small charges. That's why he says watch for those charges on your bill that you did not make.

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