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Phone Scam Targeting Northern and Central California Residents

Phone Scam Targeting Northern and Central California Residents

FBI.gov - Aug 08, 2016
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Sacramento Field Office has received numerous reports of individuals impersonating government agencies in an effort to scam the public. Currently, these unsolicited calls are placed by criminals who claim to be representatives of the FBI or other government agency and make demands for money. Several call recipients stated that Caller ID information falsely displayed the call as originating from an FBI office and the caller told the victim to check the Internet to verify the number.

Delaware State Police warn of IRS phone scam

Delaware State Police warn of IRS phone scam

Delaware First Media - Aug 08, 2016
Scammers have successfully swindled thousands of dollars from unsuspecting people in the First State by posing as tax collectors. Gary Fournier, with the Delaware State Police said these scammers are "calling and advising the victim that they’re with the IRS and that if they don’t send money, they’ll be arrested and taken into custody for Federal charges.”

Police Warn of 'Hostage' Phone Scam

Police Warn of 'Hostage' Phone Scam

Hudson Valley News Network - Aug 07, 2016
POUGHKEEPSIE – City of Poughkeepsie Police are warning residents about a telephone scam in which a caller claims to be holding hostage a loved one of the victim. The caller orders the victim to wire money in exchange for the safe return of their loved one; the caller also advises the victim not to contact police.

New jury duty phone SCAM

New jury duty phone SCAM

WSPA.com - Aug 05, 2016
Columbia, SC – The U.S. Marshals Service is warning the public of a nationwide telephone scam involving individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers or law enforcement officials seeking to collect a fine in lieu of arrest for failing to report for jury duty.

Transportation department warns of phone scam

Transportation department warns of phone scam

Bismarck Tribune - Jul 28, 2016
The North Dakota Department of Transportation is warning residents of a phone scam involving people posing as representatives from the Motor Vehicle Division.

Reporting an 'IRS' Telephone Scam

Reporting an 'IRS' Telephone Scam

New York Times - Jul 28, 2016
If you have filed your return, do not owe any taxes and have deduced that the call is a hustle, you can file a report on the website of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, which has a special form for I.R.S. Impersonation Scam Reporting. You can also send an email message with the subject line “I.R.S. Phone Scam” to phishing@irs.gov to report the call. In either case, include the number you were asked to call and any other information about the experience.

Orlando man arrested in cell phone fraud scheme

Orlando man arrested in cell phone fraud scheme

Orlando Sentinel - Jul 27, 2016
An Orlando man was arrested this week during a large-scale investigation into a sophisticated cell phone fraud scheme. Ramon Batista, 49, is one of several people facing federal charges of wire fraud, device fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Why you may fall for these wild scam phone calls

Why you may fall for these wild scam phone calls

New York Post - Jul 25, 2016
My friend is smart, accomplished and holds a master’s degree from a fancy American university. But he told me recently that he received a threatening phone call that pitted his senses of intelligence and decency against the wits of some horrible people.

IRS works to shut down phone scammers

IRS works to shut down phone scammers

KREM - Jul 24, 2016
SPOKANE, Wash. -- You have probably already gotten the call. The scammer telling you they are from the Internal Revenue Service and to pay up or else. The scam has been around for years and has scammed thousands of people out of millions of dollars. IRS investigators are stepping up their efforts to fight back and keep you from getting scammed.

Beware of Microsoft phone scams: cybercriminals are back at it

Beware of Microsoft phone scams: cybercriminals are back at it

windowsreport.com - Jul 22, 2016
Cybercriminals operate on various levels: using special software such as keyloggers, sending emails asking users to provide them with confidential information in order to break into your Microsoft account, or simply employing social engineering in calling users directly.

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