How the scam works:
Scammers call you posing as legitimate workers offering a rebate for their services, in exchange for personal information including account numbers and a social security number to start. Such scams include offers for plumbing, electricity, and water/air purifiers.
How to avoid:
Tell the caller you appreciate the offer and say you’ll call back once you have made a decision. Most likely, they will pressure you to take advantage of the offer on the spot, otherwise not being able to keep the deal for you. That will be your first sign. As soon as you hang up the phone, make a call to the real company to verify the offer. Don’t call the number the scammers gave you over the phone. If the rebate is fake you need to report it immediately and notify the authorities. Keep yourself safe by never giving out personal information over the phone.
How to report:
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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