Right now, as you read this, somebody is dreaming up a scheme that could
cost you money.
Every day, across our great state, innocent people and families are
falling into financial traps. I donít want you to be one of them.
As Oregon State Treasurer and the stateís financial leader, I am
committed to helping protect Oregon families. You need your money, every
dollar of it. So you need to know how to protect your wallet, your bank
account and your vital private information.
You also need to know how to take action.
Many financial traps are hard to spot. In fact, in many cases, they are
perfectly legal Ė but they still could cost you money at a time when you
need it most. Remember, just because something is legal, it doesnít mean
it is fair or that somebody isnít trying to take advantage of you.
These traps come in all shapes and sizes. They could be email offers
promising prizes or work-at-home jobs, or phony claims for government
assistance, or letters promising to help you reduce your property taxes.
You will spend money unnecessarily if you pay for a copy of your credit
reports. You also could lose money if you pay somebody to search for
your Oregon unclaimed property because thatís a free service and you can
do it yourself.
This website is intended to help you better guard your
money by providing information on how to spot scams, financial fraud and other
traps, and investigate and report scams to protect your
family and others from getting burned. Looking out for each other is
part of the Oregon way.
GuardYourMoney.org, which was created by the Office of the State
Treasurer, is also a clearinghouse that will connect you to the Scam
Alerts that are produced by the Attorney Generalís Office, the top
consumer complaints from last year, and information that is assembled by
the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about how to protect your
money and your financial security. In the end, Oregon will be a better place for all of us.