We are a trusting but gullible bunch.

As the world gets smaller, thanks to the ability to communicate with practically anyone in the world from anyplace in the world, the opportunity to be scammed continues to grow.

We get calls at the office about every week, sometimes from former HDR employees, warning us about a scam.

That’s why I offered this advice to my dad: Don’t give anyone your credit card number.

Then I revised it a bit. I shared with him that I only pay when I am initiating the purchase. If I get a call offering a product or service, I know it is most likely a scam.

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