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.
BGR - Mar 24, 2017
Every year, phone scammers come up with new and creative ways to bilk individuals out of their hard-earned money. From calling up folks and pretending to be IRS agents to robocalling every permutation of phone number possible with promises of easy money, the variety of different phone scams seems to increase significantly with each passing year.
NBC 29 News - Mar 24, 2017
The Waynesboro Police Department wants citizens to be aware that the “Government Grants Scam” has been occurring in the city. The Police Department has received at least two calls from citizens saying that they were contacted by someone as a part of this scam.
Patch.com - Mar 23, 2017
A common phone scam known as the "one-ring" scam has resurfaced, the Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers. The ruse attempts to trick consumers into returning a missed call — and racking up charges — by calling cell phones and letting them ring once.
fox4kc.com - Mar 22, 2017
Returning a phone call from an unknown area code could jack up your cell phone bill. The Federal Communications Commission is warning people not to answer or return calls from nine area codes. They call it the `one-ring cell phone scam`.
NBC4i.com - Mar 21, 2017
The Ohio County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a warning about a new phone scam spreading across the Ohio Valley. Deputies say the caller claims to be employed with AEP. The scammer then advises the customer their bill is past due and if not paid, their electric will be shut off immediately by a technician in the field who is completing the disconnections.
Fox News - Mar 20, 2017
Think you’ve won an all-expenses paid hotel stay at a premium brand? Not so fast. If you receive a phone call offering a free stay at a Marriot hotel, you might just want to hang up immediately. According to the hotel chain, that call is likely part of a continuing phone scam that utilizes the brand's well recognized name to access personal and financial information from potential guests.
NBC Chicago - Mar 20, 2017
The Federal Trade Commission is warning of a phone scam that tricks people into making expensive calls. It’s being called the “one ring” area code phone scam. In the scam, scammers will call your cell phone but let it ring just once so that it leaves the appearance that you may have a missed call, according to the Federal Trade Commission’s warning.
Greeley Tribune - Mar 20, 2017
The FBI is concerned about a new phone scam that uses FBI phone numbers to demand money from victims. According to a news release from the FBI, criminals are calling northern Colorado phone numbers from phones that display the FBI's phone number.
9NEWS.com - Mar 16, 2017
LAFAYETTE - All it takes is simply saying “yes” to fall victim to the latest phone scam. The Lafayette Police Department warned about what’s been dubbed the “Can you hear me?” scam on Facebook on Thursday. Here’s how they say it works:
The San Luis Obispo Tribune - Mar 14, 2017
The San Luis Obispo Police Department is warning people about a phone scam in which the scammers represent themselves as law enforcement. In the scam, the caller tells the victim one of a few things: they either missed jury duty, received a citation and have a warrant for their arrest, or a family member has been arrested and needs bail money, according to police. The caller then tells the victim to pay the associated fines via PayPal or Green Dot prepaid Visa cards.