Over the weekend several people I know were complaining of suspicious charity solicitation calls that looked like they were coming from Lubbock phone numbers.

During this time of year many legitimate charities reach out to the community for help, but the bad guys are very good at making themselves look like they are genuine.

Modern technology allows the scammers to use what look like local phone numbers, when in fact the scammers can be hundreds or thousands of miles away.

What are you supposed to do if you get these types of calls?

Here are 3 simple steps you can take to avoid these scam calls this holiday season.

  1. If you don’t recognize the number, don’t answer! This is a simple step that will help the majority of the time.
  2. There is a great website 800notes.com that you can use to perform a reverse called id check. It is run by members of the community, but the best part is that others will tell you who it was calling and what they wanted.
  3. If you should answer one of these calls, don’t give the caller any information, and don’t believe any pitch they try to give you. Go back and research the charity on your time and terms and contact the charity directly if you want to give.

The most common victims of these scams are the elderly, so be sure to pass these tips along to your parents and grandparents. Be proactive and don’t let anyone scam you!