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The News Journal - Dec 14, 2016
Residents, beware: a fake police officer may be trying to get your money. New Castle County police say they've received reports about a phone scam in which a caller identifies himself as police and attempts to collect money for outstanding warrants or fines.
myfox8.com - Dec 13, 2016
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- It's the phone scam many of you have likely received from an unknown number or a local number. "They are going to say your computer is infected with malware or a virus -- it's not." said Lechelle Yates, with the Better Business Bureau, who receives calls weekly from people reporting the scam. "I know this is the South and we never want to be rude but just hang up the phone, this is con men."
NBC 29 News - Dec 05, 2016
The Charlottesville Police Department is receiving reports from area residents in reference to phone calls where money is being demanded. The callers have claimed to be from the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office. These callers are attempting to coerce people into sending money to them via pre-paid Green Dot money cards.
USA TODAY - Dec 02, 2016
You may find this surprising. Many of us remember when people’s names, addresses, and phone numbers were listed in the telephone book and distributed for free. All we ever worried about were junk mail, telemarketers, and the occasional prank call. Times have changed. Phone books are now history. You can message anyone you know (or don’t) on Facebook, Twitter, or other means. And most importantly, your phone number is a gateway to your primary means of communication, entertainment and safety. Once your number is compromised, it’s far more intrusive than ever before.
WANE - Dec 01, 2016
It’s the first of December and that means local charities are helping everyone in the community embrace the holiday season. Fort Wayne Marine Toys for Tots is collecting toys for their annual toy giveaway. Director Sunny Helstrom said they are on schedule. They’re hoping to get more than 6,000 kids new, free toys.
WILX-TV - Nov 28, 2016
Residents should be aware of a phone scam where the caller states that he is from the Sheriff's Office. The caller says that the recipient has missed jury duty and needs to send money immediately to avoid being arrested or having a warrant executed. Some callers request credit card numbers, Western Union, or Green Dot cards for payment. If you receive a call like this, advise the caller you know this is a scam and hang up.
Allentown Morning Call - Nov 23, 2016
We all should be thankful on this Thanksgiving Day that one of the worst scams to hit the Lehigh Valley, and the nation, finally is on its way to being cooked. Complaints about the IRS phone scam have dropped significantly in the past month or so. After three years, international detective work and technological advances finally have carved deeply into these turkeys' business.
CNBC - Nov 22, 2016
There are said to be two certainties in life: death and taxes. The latter has apparently become a cash cow for all sorts of thieves, including sophisticated criminal enterprises. Tax-related scams tend to peak during filing season, but they are a pervasive and constantly evolving threat, cheating individuals and the federal government out of millions of dollars each year. Many are designed to get taxpayers to fork over personal information or to infect their computers with malware, enabling crooks to access sensitive data or track keyboard strokes.
NJ.com - Nov 18, 2016
Two New Jersey residents were arrested Friday in connection with a nationwide phone ring that allegedly scammed 19 senior citizens out of $45,500 in more than a dozen states.
Patch.com - Nov 15, 2016
LARCHMONT, NY — Con Edison is joining with energy companies across the country to get word to customers that they need to be cautious about people who call their home or business demanding an instant payment. Scam callers posing as Con Edison representatives are an ongoing, frequent and dangerous problem for customers, company officials said. They receive dozens of complaints each week about calls to customers’ homes and businesses from scammers threatening a service shutoff.