Illinois State TRIAD: bringing together committed police officers,
legal representatives, elderly rights advocates and senior citizens
for crime prevention and education throughout Illinois.
Crime Prevention - Tips
BEWARE of any program that seems to offer
something for nothing. If it sounds too good to be
true, it probably is.
•BEWARE of free prizes that require a credit card
number for verification. NEVER GIVE YOUR CREDIT
CARD NUMBER OVER THE PHONE unless YOU
have initiated the call.
•Do not give out any information about yourself. Ask
the questions--do not answer any of a telemarketer's
•Do not buy over the phone from unfamiliar
•Always take time when making a decision...give
yourself 24 hours to think it over
•Never be pressured to pay cash upfront to a
salesman who comes to your door.
•Do not get taken in by high-pressure sales tactics
that urge you to "act now."
•Ask for information in writing.
•Do not return mail order solicitations.
•Talk to a trusted friend, relative or financial advisor
before committing your money.
•Never respond to any offer you do not thoroughly
•If door-to-door salespeople approach your home,
do not let them in. If you let them in and they will not
leave, call the police or leave. Do not be afraid to say,
"no." Dishonest door-to-door salesmen want to
operate without attracting the attention of neighbors
or the authorities, so they are unlikely to become
•If you suspect that you or someone you know has
been a victim of elder fraud, immediately contact
your local police or the Attorney General's office.