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.
KXAN.com - Feb 24, 2017
AUSTIN (KXAN) — The phone rings and panic ensues as the caller says they are with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and need immediate payments of unpaid taxes.
WJON News - Feb 24, 2017
Another phone scam has been circulating around Stearns County. Sheriff John Sanner says the sheriff’s office has received multiple reports about a phone scam where the suspects say the resident needs to bail their grandchild out of jail and to do so they must pay the bail in Walmart gift cards. Read More: Sheriff's Office Warns of Walmart Gift Card Phone Scam | http://wjon.com/sheriffs-office-warns-of-walmart-gift-card-phone-scam/?trackback=tsmclip
WSYM-TV - Feb 23, 2017
Another utility company is warning customers about a phone scam. The Lansing Board of Water and Light says its received several reports from people who got a call saying they'd lose their service if they didn't pay up over the phone with a pre-paid debit card, a credit car or wire transfer.
WCTV - Feb 21, 2017
The FBI's Tallahassee office is warning north Florida residents of scammers threatening to be representatives of government agencies and demanding money. According to officials, the scammers threaten their targets with a number of intimidating actions such as filing charges, confiscating property, freezing bank accounts, and arrest, unless payment is made immediately.
The Daily Telegram - Feb 19, 2017
A number of Lenawee County residents have received the same phone call or voicemail message. The caller identifies themselves as being from the Internal Revenue Service and tells the resident they are about to be arrested for nonpayment of taxes unless they send money right away.
WPXI Pittsburg - Feb 17, 2017
People in Western Pennsylvania and across the country have been receiving confusing phone calls for weeks. "This woman answers, (and) she's like, ‘Uh, hello. Can you hear me?' And I was like, 'I can hear you,’ and she says, 'Hold on a sec, I seem to have dropped my earpiece,'” said Barry Rider, who received such a call.
WSLS - Feb 17, 2017
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office wants you to be aware of a recent phone scam. Authorities say people have been receiving calls about missing court or jury duty. The caller says it’s from the sheriff’s office and that you need to pay a fine or will be arrested.
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: