The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, one of the largest chambers in Illinois, is warning residents to be aware of consumer scams.
For many years, consumer agencies have warned of scams in which thieves will call people in an attempt to gain personal information such as Social Security and bank account numbers.
"Since I have been with the chamber, I have been part of at least four scams involving our chamber members," Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Nicki Anderson said. "People posing as chamber vendors are reaching out to our members and selling advertising, offering 'deals' if chamber members join and more."
To avoid falling vicitim to such scams, Anderson suggested visiting the chamber's website to get acquainted with the chamber staff.
"If someone calls you selling anything on behalf of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce that isn’t a recognized staff member, ask for their contact information and tell them you’ll get back to them," Anderson said. "Then notify us and we’ll verify the information you’ve received."
Anderson said the FBI says to be wary of any unsolicited sales calls during which the salesperson uses high-pressure tactics or asks for personal information. The agency also suggests requesting written financial information about the company from which he or she says they are calling. Get offers in writing and save them for your records.