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New phone scam tricks callers into thinking loved one is kidnapped

New phone scam tricks callers into thinking loved one is kidnapped

Press of Atlantic City - Jun 16, 2017
Law enforcement officials are warning residents of a new “virtual kidnapping” scam making its way around the area, using scare tactics to coerce victims into sending money to the perpetrator. Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor warned residents Friday that the scam involves a phone call to a victim claiming that a loved one has been kidnapped and the caller demanding ransom money.

Fake insurance phone scam reported in Lamar County

Fake insurance phone scam reported in Lamar County

KXII-TV - Jun 15, 2017
A scam alert for all Lamar County residents, this time involving a fake insurance call. Someone pretending to be from Blue Cross Blue Shield called a person in Lamar County, who then reported it to the sheriff's office. When the person refused to give the caller personal information, the caller told them their insurance would be canceled. The caller used two numbers, one with a New York area code and one with a Canadian area code.

Phone scammers posing as court officials

Phone scammers posing as court officials

Delaware First Media - Jun 14, 2017
Delaware’s Justice of the Peace court warns of a phone scam that could con people out of hundreds of dollars. The scam is a pretty simple one, using a number that appears to be from the Justice of the Peace Court, the scammer says your loved one is jail and needs $500 in bail money to secure their release.

Delaware court warns of "bail" phone scam

Delaware court warns of "bail" phone scam

The News Journal - Jun 12, 2017
Delaware's Justice of the Peace Court is warning the public about a phone scam in which the callers are pretending to be from the court in order to get money.

New smartphone scam targets owners of stolen phones

New smartphone scam targets owners of stolen phones

WLS-TV - Jun 12, 2017
A new elaborate scam can victimize smartphone users multiple times. First they snatch the smartphone, then users are fooled into clicking on a fake link. It starts with a simple crime: a stolen smartphone. But it's not just the expensive device that the thieves want.

'Caller ID spoofing' scammers are using Capitol police phone numbers

'Caller ID spoofing' scammers are using Capitol police phone numbers

WTOP - Jun 12, 2017
Investigators are looking into incidents in which scammers have “spoofed” Capitol police numbers on a potential victim’s caller ID to make the targets believe they need to settle a fictitious warrant. These scammers have requested payment in the form of bitcoins, gift cards or wired funds.

Sheriff warns of 'significant increase' in fraud phone scams

Sheriff warns of 'significant increase' in fraud phone scams

KCCI Des Moines - Jun 09, 2017
According to a news release, victims are reporting that the scam artist is very aggressive, threatening to issue arrest warrants if payment is not made. It should also be known that upon call back to this phone number, a fraudulent voice mailbox has been set up stating that the number belongs to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Tallahassee Police investigating phone scam

Tallahassee Police investigating phone scam

WCTV - Jun 09, 2017
The City of Tallahassee offers residents several ways to pay their utility bills, but those ways do not include payment via a gift card over the phone.

Kirtland Police issue phone scam alert to residents

Kirtland Police issue phone scam alert to residents

News 5 Cleveland - Jun 08, 2017
The Kirtland Police Department is warning residents of phone scammers attempting to get personal and financial information from them. According to police, the scammers are calling residents from the “256” area codes that appear to be from local businesses, homes and the police department.

IRS phone scam brought to attention

IRS phone scam brought to attention

The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Jun 07, 2017
The latest phone scam is alive and well in Wahkiakum County. The caller will state that the reason of this call is to inform you that IRS is filing a lawsuit against you. The IRS will not call you. The "Department" phone number they want you to call is 719-387-0327. This area code is from Colorado, but the call most likely is generated somewhere else.

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