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State Senator Paul Doyle: Your Voice
     

January 26, 2017

Capitol address
Legislative Office Building
Room 3900
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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On the Web
www.SenatorDoyle.cga.ct.gov

Phone
Capitol: 860-240-0475
Toll-free: 1-800-842-1420
 

Fraud Alert: Beware of This "Missed Delivery" Flier

fraud scamI came home last week to find the attached flier stuck to my front door. Similar fliers were attached to all the houses in my neighborhood. I was immediately skeptical of this flier because it did not have the name of a credible delivery company on it—such as UPS, FedEX, or the US Postal Service. This bogus flier says that there is a package for you and that you must schedule a delivery. With much skepticism, I called the number on this flier and determined it was bogus—actually it was an attempt by a solar company to obtain new clients. Always be skeptical when you receive advertisements/mailings that are unusual. In this case, it was a company seeking to deceptively market me its products. In light of the increase in scams throughout our country, WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT!

Unfortunately, scams like this aren't likely to go away. The best way to fight fraud is to stop and think things through. Scammers will tell you that you need to act quickly or you will lose out in hopes that you will leap before you look. Real organizations don't surprise you with an emergency. Never provide personal or financial information in response to an unsolicited email, call or flier left at your door. This flier didn't have an organization on it, even though it was designed to look like a UPS missed delivery notice. If you are contacted by someone saying they are from an organization you work with, like UPS, look up the organization's number for yourself and call them to verify.

If you encounter this or any other scam, contact the state Department of Consumer Protection or the Federal Trade Commission.

State Department of Consumer Protection

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

 
 

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