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.
WGRZ.com - Feb 16, 2017
MAYVILLE, N.Y. - Police in Chautauqua County are warning the public about a phone scam. It's happening in the Village of Mayville. The caller is asking Mayville Village Electric Department users to pay supposed past due electric bills over the phone.
Las Vegas Sun - Feb 15, 2017
Scammers are calling locals pretending to represent law enforcement organizations and threatening unfair treatment from officers if money isn't given to them, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. The callers claim to represent the Nevada Highway Patrol, the American Association of State Troopers, and the Officer Down Charities for NHP, officials said.
Hudson Valley One - Feb 14, 2017
If you receive a call and the caller asks, “Can you hear me?” you might end up a victim to fraud if you say, “Yes.” It’s the latest phone scam targeting people across the country, according to the Ulster County District Attorney’s Division of Consumer Affairs. Scammers are using robots to call and secretly record you. The answers you give them are then used against you — and your wallet. Here is an example:
KTAR.com - Feb 14, 2017
The Arizona Department of Health Services is warning citizens to beware of a new phone scam. According to a release from the department, the AZDHS received an usual number of phone calls on Monday morning from individuals complaining of a telephone scam. People from nearly 40 different states told the department that they received calls from people asking for personal information, and that the caller ID showed the agency’s phone number.
WNDU-TV - Feb 10, 2017
Just one simple word could spell big trouble for your pocketbook. Scammers are calling people and asking questions like "Can you hear me?" in hopes of getting you to say "yes." Once they get what they want, they'll just hang up.
The Alexander City Outlook - Feb 10, 2017
April 15 and Tax Day is rapidly approaching and some scammers are using the rush of tax season to prey on innocent victims. Some Alexander City residents have reported what appears to be a scam where callers threaten the resident saying that they owe money to the Internal Revenue Service.
9NEWS.com - Feb 09, 2017
KUSA - A person claiming to be from Xcel Energy Colorado has called numerous people Thursday, demanding payment and threatening that services will be shut off immediately if payment is not provided, Fort Collins Police Services warned on their Facebook and Twitter. "NEVER confirm account information or make on-demand payments to inbound callers," the Facebook post advised.
Las Vegas Review-Journal - Feb 09, 2017
People are posing as NV Energy representatives in an attempt to collect illegitimate payments. NV Energy alerted its customers about the scam, in which people are using a recording of the company’s phone system to threaten customers about their electric service, NV Energy said on Twitter.
NewsChannel5.com - Feb 08, 2017
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Deputies warned families about someone pretending to be with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and asking to pay a fine either because they missed jury duty or there’s a warrant out for their arrest. Public Information Officer Sandra Brandon said the number on the caller ID will list the sheriff's office number but the person on the other end does not actually work with the office.
Shreveport Times - Feb 08, 2017
Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator is warning residents to beware of a caller who identifies himself as a Caddo deputy asking for money to keep you out of jail.