8 ways to avoid getting conned
Put a cork on your personal info
Scam-proof your communications by taking control of your personal information. Put your phone numbers (home and cell) on the Do Not Call Registry. Opt out from the sale or sharing of your personal information by contacting the three credit bureaus, your state department of motor vehicles, the Direct Marketing Association and companies with which you do business. Thieves cull your information and use it to open bogus accounts that can ruin your credit and make your life miserable.
For more information on how to remove yourself from these databases, see the Federal Trade Commission's Web page on sharing your personal information.