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How I don’t fall victim to phone scammers

Susan Ladika

In the past couple of months I’ve gotten repeated phone messages from a company implying it wanted to serve me with legal papers; a debt collector looking for someone named Janice Leake; the “U.S. government” calling from a Kansas City area code; a number reportedly associated with a credit card rate reduction scam; a call from an area code that doesn’t exist; and several other numbers that I don’t know.

I don’t trust anybody anymore — at least not if they’re calling me from a phone number I don’t recognize.

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