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Yearís Resolutions for Arizona Consumers
Phoenix, Ariz. Attorney General Terry
Goddard offered some New Yearís Resolutions for Arizona
ďThe New Year is a great time to resolve to protect yourself
scammers, to stay safe online and to take steps to prevent having your
identity stolen,Ē Goddard said.
Smart consumers should make the following resolutions:
* Shred financial papers that contain
* Update firewalls and anti-virus software
on your computer.
* Do not respond to unknown solicitations
by phone or email.
* Use a credit card when shopping online,
not a debit card.
* If you received any gift cards over the
holidays, check expiration
dates or fees so
you can get the most from your gift.
* Do your homework before writing the
check for any charitable
donation to make
sure the organization is legitimate.
* If you have a question and need consumer
advice, contact our office
by email at
or by phone at 602-542-2123.
* If your children go online, know what
Web sites and chat rooms they
visit. Talk with
them about where they go and what they post on the
parental blocks or tracking software when necessary.
* And finally, if you didnít buy a lottery
ticket, you havenít won. Ignore that very attractive
certificate you received in the mail stating that you won a lottery or a
sweepstakes. If it makes you feel good, frame it but donít try to cash
If you believe you have been a victim of fraud,
please contact the Attorney Generalís Office in Phoenix at 602.542.5763;
in Tucson at 520.628.6504; or outside the metro areas at 1.800.352.8431.
To file a complaint in person, the Attorney Generalís Office has 36
satellite offices throughout Arizona with volunteers available to assist
you. Locations and hours are posted on the Attorney Generalís Web site
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