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Have you ever received an odd call or knock on the door that seemed too good to be true or very out of the ordinary? Did they ask you for money?
Well, if so you might be one of many that are falling victim to a very common crime.
Secretary of State Connie Lawson was in Vincennes to warn the most common victims.

Fraud. Something that we hear about often but don’t ever think it will happen to us.
It turns out it is more common than we think.
Connie Lawson made it her mission to make people aware of the warning signs before it is too late.

Lawson made 14 stops in Indiana on her tour to warn people about fraud.
The audience watched a short video that gives common example of how fraud; things like investments with oddly high return rates, or threats saying that if the victim doesn’t pay up, either themselves or someone close to them will be in trouble.
During this tour, Lawson did visit a lot of senior citizens as they are commonly the target.
But she also visited children as well to make them money conscious early.

Secretary Lawson says, “they do need to ask questions. They do need to find out if a financial professional is licensed and the product they are selling is registered.  It is pretty basic. It is a basic way to protect yourself.”

She says three red flags to look out for in terms of detecting a scam are:
-Unsolicited emails, phone calls, or knocks on the door
-Refusal to provide anything in writing and pressuring you to make up your mind quickly
-It is important to verify both the person and the product they are selling is certified before giving out any personal information

If you think you might be falling victim to a scam, before you give out any financial information, you should verify the product and seller with the Secretary of State’s Office.
You can do that online by clicking here or over the phone at 1-800-223-8791.
    

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