Recently the IRS and Alabama Power and other companies and financial institutions have warned us about scammers. Here are a few common sense things to remember that hopefully help you avoid falling victim to scammers.

If anybody calls you on the phone demanding you pay a bill by phone hang-up. If you get a call demanding you buy a prepaid card to make a payment it’s a scam. Legitimate companies don’t call you or come to your house demanding payments. If you are seriously delinquent in most cases they simply terminate the service they don’t call you with threats and demands.

If you have been contacted by a scammer write down their number and call the police.