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.
Shreveport Times - Jul 21, 2017
The U.S. Marshals Service warned Friday of a nationwide telephone scam involving individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers or law enforcement officials trying to collect a fine in lieu of arrest for failing to report for jury duty. The U.S. Marshals Service said it does not call to arrange payment of fines from people charged with failure to appear for jury duty or any other infraction.
CBS News - Jul 21, 2017
Cell phones used to be immune from the annoying scam and spam telemarketing robocalls that have bedeviled land line users for years. No longer. More than half of cell phone users report having received a scam call in the past month. And repeated scam and spam calls to mobile phones have quadrupled over the past two years, according to a new survey.
Forbes - Jul 20, 2017
Financial scams involving individuals posing as government employees aren't limited to those Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phone scams. There's a new scam making the rounds - and this time, it involves individuals claiming to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA). According to Gale Stallworth Stone, the Acting Inspector General of Social Security, reports of the new scam are coming from all over the country.
Gloucester Daily Times - Jul 16, 2017
"A simple message on the board — 'Hang Up On Fraud.' I want people thinking about that," police Chief Peter G. Silva said. "I want them to see that, I want them to question that, and say, 'What does this mean?'" Silva is embarking on a fraud-fighting campaign, and one of the tools in his arsenal is helping people recognize scammers — especially the telephone variety.
KTVU San Francisco - Jul 16, 2017
Sheriff's officials in Santa Cruz County are warning the public about a phone scam recently reported by residents. According to sheriff's officials, on Thursday a few county residents received phone calls from (415) 347-9850. The callers claimed they were from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office.
Patch.com - Jul 13, 2017
The Office of the Inspector General is warning Texans about a phone scam that has been reported lately and to not give out any personal information over the phone. The erroneous callers claim to be affiliated with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Inspector General's Office, the real Department of Criminal Justice said, according to Click 2 Houston.
WBAY - Jul 13, 2017
It's frustrating. Scammers call your cell phone and landline at all hours, sometimes multiple times per day. The Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker says it has received 5,700 reports about phone scam calls since January. That number is up from 1,000 during the previous year.
KSAT San Antonio· - Jul 11, 2017
Don’t fall for the latest fraudulent calls that are making their rounds, the Office of Inspector General warned Texans on Tuesday. People across the state are receiving phone calls from individuals pretending to be affiliated with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Inspector General’s Office, according to an emailed statement from the actual Department of Criminal Justice.
WBAY - Jul 11, 2017
Have you ever wondered who is on the other side of a scam phone call? Action 2 News talked with one person who turned the tables on the scammer when he received an IRS scam phone call. It’s a phone call no one wants to get, but many have already received a phone call from someone impersonating the IRS, trying to scam you out of money.
WDEL - Jul 06, 2017
Attorney General Matt Denn, along with a bi-partisan group of 29 state attorneys general, are urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt rules that would allow telephone providers to block illegal robocalls – some of which lead to consumer scams.