Senior Citizen's Guide to Metro Detroit Spring/Summer Edition 2017 - page 24

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same goes for your answering machine message.
Financial Safety List:
• Use Direct Deposit! Criminals know when
government checks arrive. Don’t let them snag
yours.
• Have a mailbox with a lock. A lot of personal
information that can be used for theft identity can be
found in your everyday mail.
• Only take out money from bank accounts for yourself
- never for anyone else.
• Don’t give out personal information over the phone.
That includes your name, address, social security
number, credit card numbers - any information that
is personal. If the person claims to be calling from a
bank and asks for personal or financial information,
hang up.
• If a deal or financial opportunity sounds too good to
be true, it probably is!
• An important note for personal and financial safety:
Be sure to report all crime and suspicious activity. If
you’d been had, don’t be embarrassed! Letting the
police know what happened will help prevent further
crime.
Sources:
The Farmington Hills Police Department, Home
Safety Council, U.S. News & World Report.
Senior Safety Resources: For information about the
Farmington Hills Senior Safety Program, call 248-871-
2700. Farmington Area Commission on Aging, U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission - Older Consumers
Safety, Home Safety Council, U.S. Fire Administration,
Knox Box.
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