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Updated: 06/26/2014 08:00:04AM

What would you do if this happened?

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Phyllis Schwartz

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In today’s article, I am going to describe three very common situations that occur and that very often result in people becoming victims of scams or frauds. As you read them, ask yourself what you would do in these circumstances. The recommended courses of action are given at the end of the article, but don’t cheat and peek!

In the first situation, you receive a letter in the mail from somewhere out of the country. In it, the sender claims that your name has been selected as the winner of a huge sum of money in a foreign lottery drawing. All you need to do is provide the contact person in the letter with your bank’s name, its routing number and your bank account number, so the money can be automatically deposited in your account. For security purposes, and to verify your identity, you also need to provide your social security number. What would you do?

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