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Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Front Porch: Get ready for Christmas phone scams

With the holidays approaching, consumers should be aware of potentially fraudulent phone solicitors and charities.
These days, robocalling spammers and scammers use cheap automated dialers to place thousands of calls to random numbers and spoof caller IDs to escape detection. With more people staying indoors near phones during the winter months, the Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington offers insight on robocalls:
- Don't talk or press buttons. Saying anything or pressing buttons will alert automated calling systems that they have reached working numbers.
- Never give out personal information. Avoid revealing personal or financial information -- like bank details, credit card numbers or Social Security numbers -- to unsolicited callers.
- Verify callers. Legitimate human callers will be willing to provide verifiable contact information.
Tour local schools: Lake Stevens School District Superintendent Amy Beth Cook hosts a community tour of Hillcrest Elementary School and Lake Stevens High School, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 20.
Community members can see teaching and learning in action, meet school staff and learn more about the district.
The tour starts with breakfast and an overview of the district at the administration building, 12309 22nd St. NE. A school bus will take participants to the schools.
The tour also includes lunch at Lake Stevens High School.
RSVP to Kim Heltne at 425-335-1500 ext. 2002 or kim_heltne@lkstevens.wednet.edu.

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