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.
Janesville Gazette - Feb 06, 2017
JANESVILLE—Scam artists called a Janesville man repeatedly on Saturday, insisting the man would go to jail if he didn't pay $1,000. The callers claimed to be from the Dane County Sheriff's Office and said the Janesville man had failed to show up for federal jury duty, so a warrant had been issued for his arrest.
fox7austin.com - Feb 06, 2017
The IRS has a warning for everyone. Carlos Villalobos with the BBB has more on a phishing scam.
Patch.com - Feb 06, 2017
MARIETTA, GA -- Police in Marietta are spreading the word about a telephone scam that is triggered by your response to a simple question: “Can you hear me?” The police force took to Facebook recently to alert residents that scammers can get vital information from you if you answer someone who says this: “Hi! This is Josh from the customer service department. Can you hear me OK?”
Komando - Feb 03, 2017
More than likely, you are one of the billions of active Facebook users. That's right, billions! It's estimated that there are nearly 2 billion active monthly users worldwide. With that many people participating on the social media site, problems are bound to arise. If something did go wrong, how would you contact Facebook? You really need to be careful in trying to make contact, it could result in a nasty scam.
12news.com - Feb 02, 2017
It can make you a victim with one simple word, and it's officially made its way to Arizona. According to the attorney general's office, reports of the "Can you hear me?" phone scam have been coming in the last few days. Arizonans should be aware.
WAVY-TV - Feb 02, 2017
NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Authorities say there’s a phone scam going around in Norfolk. Police say scammers are calling people, claiming that the person on the other end of the phone has missed jury duty in Norfolk this week. The scammer then says the victim needs to bring two money orders to City Hall and pay at the kiosk in the lobby. They are then directed to bring the bond voucher they receive from the kiosk to the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office. There, the victim is told to speak with Deputy Brown or Lieutenant Collins who will issue them a cashier’s check back for the amount they paid.
NBC2 News - Jan 31, 2017
LEE COUNTY - 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 millions across the country, including Southwest Florida.
CBS Local - Jan 31, 2017
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Authorities in Tarrant County have issued a public warning about a phone scam, where victims are tricked into thinking that they owe money to a law enforcement agency. The suspect then attempts to convince the victim to buy Green Dot Money Cards.
SILive.com - Jan 30, 2017
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Law enforcement officials around the country are warning people to beware of a possible phone scam that starts off with the line: "Can you hear me?" Don't answer. Hang up.
USA TODAY - Jan 27, 2017
SEATTLE — A growing "Can you hear me?" phone scam can make you a victim if you utter just one word: "Yes." This is how it works, according to the Better Business Bureau: An automated call provides an introduction and identifies a business or agency. After the intro, the recording will ask if you can hear clearly.