The following is an editorial from FOX6 WBRC-TV General Manager Lou Kirchen, first aired on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Each year, fewer and fewer of us have land line telephones in our homes. For those of us who still have them, it seems that many of the calls we receive are from solicitors, selling this product or that, or asking for donations.
Alabamians are known for their generosity. In times of need, neighbors help neighbors and contribute to important causes, large and small. There are those who would take advantage of that generosity, who would, if given the chance, exploit your kindness.
If you receive a phone call in which you are asked to donate to a particular cause, please make sure you know who you are talking to. Scammers can sound very official. They can be very convincing. Before you agree to give any caller money, ask them questions. Ask them where their call is originating from. Are they local? Ask them to mail you information about their cause. Don't give them any of your personal financial information over the phone.
In fact, there are many local service organizations who serve local folks who can benefit from your generosity...legitimate organizations like the Red Cross or Salvation Army who would put those dollars to good use in our community. Please be careful and be safe. Thank you.
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