22 Say You Saw It in the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Metro Detroit 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. Editorial provided by Comforting Hands Companion Care.