Phone Scam Prevention Tips
Over the years there has been more and more scammers. Here are a few tips and tricks to protect yourself from scams and online threats. Many scammers rely on a simple phone call to unsuspecting victims. There are many ways to protect yourself and your family from robocalls and phone scammers.
- Register all phones, including cell phones and landlines with the national Do Not Call registry. There are two options:
- Register by phone at 1(888)-328-1222. You must call from the number you are registering. You can call from both cell phones and landlines.
- Register online at donotcall.gov. You can register up to 3 numbers per time with 1 email address. You have to respond to a confirmation email for each number registered.
- Download an app to help you block robocalls. There are two options:
- Download your cell phone service provider’s call blocker app, which typically is paid for monthly.
- Download a third-party call blocker app. Install it on your cell phone.
- Most have a 7 day free trial and then a small monthly subscription fee.
- One free option is an app called “Hiya”, available in the iTunes and Android app stores. This app will show you the true caller ID for unsaved contacts to screen unwanted calls.
- If you have an iOS phone use this link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hiya-caller-id-spam-blocker/id986999874
- If you have an android phone use this link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.webascender.callerid&hl=en_US
Be proactive with unknown calls to your number and use a service (paid or free) to reduce the number of unwanted calls and scam calls you receive on your phone.
I hope this little bit of information was helpful and useful. Protect yourself and your family from robocalls and scammers.
WORKING OWNERS & SOLE PROPRIETORS INSURANCE
Did you know that even though open enrollment is over there is a new option until Feb 28th, 2019 for individuals that are working owners and sole proprietors?
Read on to find out more, we can help get you started in one of these plans.
Through the Sole Prop membership, you now have access to the following:
- A large group Association Health Plan, specifically designed to meet the health insurance needs of local Realtors and Working Owners.
- Choice of four uniquely designed health insurance plans: One HMO, one EPO, and two HSA PPO plans.
- The EPO and HSA PPO plans include in-network access to the UnitedHealthcare Choice Plus provider network outside the state of Nevada. This is huge, as there are no individual plans available that provide in-network provider access outside of Nevada.
- Vision and dental coverage available.
- 18-month rate guarantee. The four plans and rates are locked until 7/1/20.
- Free wellness programs included in all 4 plans.
- Who can enroll: Working owners, sole proprietors and 1099 employees (and their dependents) with an active business that has been established in Clark County, NV for more than six months. These working owners/sole proprietors/1099s must work and reside in Clark County, NV.
- When can you enroll: The initial enrollment period for these plans runs through February 28th, 2019. Coverage begins the first of the month following receipt of your completed application. After this initial enrollment period, the next open enrollment period for these plans will be held June 1st, 2019 through June 30th, 2019. This open enrollment period in June 2019 will allow you to add dependents not previously enrolled, change plans, add dental/vision coverage not previously selected, etc.
Contact us at 702.258.1995 to get more information or to get enrolled.
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