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AG: Never use unsolicited credit card received in mail

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The Indiana Attorney General’s Office is warning Hoosiers to beware of scams in which companies send consumers unsolicited credit cards, often touting high credit limits.

“Consumers should never activate cards they have not requested nor provide personal information to entities sending such cards,” the AG’s Office said in a statement released this week.

The warning comes after an Indianapolis man recently filed a consumer complaint with the Office of the Attorney General reporting that employees of his business received unsolicited credit cards from an entity calling itself Connector Capital, purportedly based in Los Angeles. “Hoosiers need to know that, under the federal Truth in Lending Act, it is illegal to send unsolicited credit cards to consumers,” Attorney General Curtis Hill said. “If you receive a credit card you have not requested, first cut it up and then file a consumer complaint with our office.”

“In some cases, unsolicited cards arriving in the mail are not credit cards in the first place,” the statement noted. “Would-be identity thieves may simply be trying to coerce consumers into providing personal information when they call or go online to attempt to activate the cards. In other cases, the high-limit credit cards may have a ruinous effect on consumers’ credit ratings if they activate and/or use them.”

Anyone concerned about identity theft may want to consider a credit freeze, also known as a security freeze. Any Indiana resident may request a credit freeze free of charge. Learn more at the Attorney General’s website.

If you have been the victim of a scam or attempted scam--or have other consumer issues--you may file a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General by logging onto indianaconsumer.com or by calling (800) 382-5516.

 

Posted 8/8/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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