There are only a few days left until Easter and while you are busy getting everything ready for the big day, organizing your egg hunt or looking up scrumptious recipes online, it’s good to keep in mind that not everyone is well intended this time of year. Unfortunately, scammers will be on the hunt as well, going after more than just the eggs hidden in your backyard. The Tri-State Better Business Bureau would like to remind everyone that there are a few steps to be taken in order to avoid scams this weekend:
- Don’t answer if you don’t know the number – if it’s someone you know, they will leave a message. If there’s no message, chances are you’ve just avoided a scam!
- Do your research before donating. If you get a phone call asking you for money, ask as many questions as you can before you write a check. You can also look up a charity on the Wise Giving Alliance website.
- Beware of emergency calls! If you are expecting friends and family, it’s good to know about the emergency scam calls – someone pretending to be a friend or relative will give you a call saying they were in an accident and asking you for money. Hang up and call that friend or relative at a number you know to be correct.
- Shop smart! Watch out for questionable offers or companies cutting marketing corners. If you are shopping online, do your research, go to bbb.org and look up a business, read reviews and even email to ask them for more information about the sale and product.
- Secure your personally identifiable documents! Right after Tax Day, collect all the important documents and instead of just throwing them in the trash, shred them first!
Also, for more information you can trust, visit bbb.org/Evansville and subscribe to our newsletter!
Happy Easter, tristate!