The amount of reported phone scams have increased this year- use this information to identify potential scammers and out an end to scam calls once and for all!
- A government agency demanding action with threat of arrest.
- Bank Fraud alerts requesting personal information over the phone.
- Free cruise or vacation offers
- Free medical test kits or treatments
- Debt relief or credit repair.
Calls from Unknown Numbers:
- Do Not Pick Up! Legitimate callers will leave a voicemail or send a text. Answering robocalls or spam calls increases your chances of receiving even more.
- Search the number on the web along with the word “scam” to see if it’s been reported before.
- Do Not respond to questions like, “Can you hear me?” A recored “yes” from you voice can be twisted to mean you agreed to purchase or charge.
Caller ID can be deceiving
- Spoofing – the call appears to be coming from a number you recognize, like a bank customer service line, insurance office, or in some cases, your own phone number.
- Neighbor spoofing- The call come a number in your area code in hopes that you’ll be more likely to answer.
Reporting Unwanted Calls
- Telephone Scams: File a complaint on the Federal Trade Commission website for suspected telephone scams.
- Sales Call/ RoboCalls: Sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry, a free service blocking you from receiving sale calls. If unwanted calls continue after 31 days on the registry, they are probably scams and should be reported at www.donotcall.gov
- Caller ID SpoofingL Report caller ID spoofing to the Federal Communications Commission at www.consumercomplaints.fcc.gov