In the news - articles related to phone scams and phone fraud. Stay informed with the latest types of scams & telephone fraud happening around the country.
The Evening Leader - May 22, 2017
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his office has received information of a phone scam circulating in the area, where the scammer “spoofs” the caller ID to show up as if a business within the county is calling, making it more likely for someone to answer the call and give the scammer an opportunity to gain valuable information. The storyline the scammer uses most times does not fit with the legitimate service the spoofed business provides.
KHON2 - May 19, 2017
The AARP is warning the public about a scam that’s been targeting people with friends on Maui. It’s a variation of the “Family Impersonation Scam,” or the “Grandparents Scam.” Judy Edwards used to live on Maui. She told us she got a call from a man who claimed to be a paramedic and said her friend was in a crash. Then he put the “father” of the person in the other car on the phone while he “tended to the wounded.”
WPEC - May 17, 2017
LAKE WORTH, Fla. — City officials are warning Lake Worth residents about thieves using fake phone numbers to target utility customers. According to officials, scammers are posing as city employees with fake numbers and threatening to shut off residents power. They then ask for immediate payment with a Green Dot MoneyPak card or personal credit card.
NJ.com - May 17, 2017
Six Jersey City people have been arrested on charges that the group ran an IRS telephone scam that netted $120,000, authorities said. Ronak Butani, 24, Jay Kakadiya, 24, Akashkumar Chovatiya, 23, Divyesh Patel, 23, Jagdishkumar Patel, 22, and Brijeshkumar Parmar, 26, were charged Wednesday with multiple counts of money laundering and conspiracy, according to Middlesex County Prosecutors Andrew Carey.
WNMU-FM - May 16, 2017
MARQUETTE, MI-- Upper Peninsula Power Company is warning its customers about yet another phone scam. Officials say the scammer tells the customer they need to call back a certain phone number because a technician is on the way to their home to disconnect the power. The customer is instructed to purchase a prepaid credit card, money order, or money pack card and give the scammer the numbers. Once that’s done the money is gone.
Atlanta Journal Constitution - May 16, 2017
Kennesaw police want to make sure the public is aware of a new phone scam that has federal authorities concerned. The scheme involves a person calling residents and pretending to be a law enforcement officer or bounty hunter telling the residents there’s a warrant for their arrest.
WAVY-TV - May 15, 2017
The Suffolk Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a telephone scam making the rounds recently. Authorities say scammers mask their phone number to make it appear as if the call is coming from the sheriff’s office main line: 757-514-7840. When someone answers the phone, the scammer tells the victim that they’ve missed a court date. The scammer asks for personal and credit card information or a warrant will be issued for their arrest.
Albany Times Union - May 08, 2017
Saratoga Springs police are warning residents that an old scam is back. In an attempt to steal credit card information, scammers are calling residents claiming to be the Internal Revenue Service and demanding back payment.
Bakersfield Now - May 06, 2017
The Kern County Sheriff's Office is warning the public about the dangers of a recent phone scam. A caller referring to themselves as "Lieutenant Haines" with the Sheriff's Office told the victim that a fine needed to be paid to lift a warrant for missing jury duty.
Patch.com - May 05, 2017
Area police departments are warning residents about a new telephone scam being used to target victims and facilitate fraudulent charges. The scam begins when a victim answers a call and the person at the end of the line asks, “Can you hear me? or “are you the homeowner” and other phrases used to elicit a “yes” answer.