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.
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.
KBOI-TV - May 03, 2017
If you get a phone call asking, "Can you hear me?" Police say you better hang up. In light of a new scam that could make you a potential victim if you answer "yes," new phone apps are coming out to help protect consumers.
The Dominion Post - Apr 24, 2017
The Preston County Sheriff’s Department has received calls from residents on a new scam. The caller ID shows a local number. When someone answers the phone, a pre-recorded message comes on the line, stating that there is a problem with that person’s credit card. The recording tells the person to hold the line for an operator.
FOX21News.com - Apr 22, 2017
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Police Foundation of Colorado Springs (PFCS) is reminding residents they do not solicit donations by telephone and residents should ignore calls from anyone claiming to ask for money on behalf of the organization.
KEYT - Apr 21, 2017
A report of a phone scam in the city of Lompoc has prompted authorities to warn the public against any calls asking for money on behalf of the police department or Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. The Lompoc Police Department said they received the report through their app. The caller told the Lompoc resident that they were calling on behalf of the police and Sheriff, and asked for $125 dollars to sponsor an advertisement in the police yearbook.