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Press of Atlantic City - Jun 16, 2017
Law enforcement officials are warning residents of a new “virtual kidnapping” scam making its way around the area, using scare tactics to coerce victims into sending money to the perpetrator. Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor warned residents Friday that the scam involves a phone call to a victim claiming that a loved one has been kidnapped and the caller demanding ransom money.
KXII-TV - Jun 15, 2017
A scam alert for all Lamar County residents, this time involving a fake insurance call. Someone pretending to be from Blue Cross Blue Shield called a person in Lamar County, who then reported it to the sheriff's office. When the person refused to give the caller personal information, the caller told them their insurance would be canceled. The caller used two numbers, one with a New York area code and one with a Canadian area code.
Forbes - Jun 15, 2017
Just because it's summer doesn't mean that scammers are taking a break. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a warning about a new telephone scam. In the scam, callers posing as IRS representatives advise potential victims that two certified letters were sent to the taxpayer in the mail but were returned as undeliverable. The callers then threaten to arrest the potential victim if a payment is not immediately made through a prepaid debit card. The scammer also tells the victim that the purchase of the card is linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) system: it is not.
Delaware First Media - Jun 14, 2017
Delaware’s Justice of the Peace court warns of a phone scam that could con people out of hundreds of dollars. The scam is a pretty simple one, using a number that appears to be from the Justice of the Peace Court, the scammer says your loved one is jail and needs $500 in bail money to secure their release.
The News Journal - Jun 12, 2017
Delaware's Justice of the Peace Court is warning the public about a phone scam in which the callers are pretending to be from the court in order to get money.
WLS-TV - Jun 12, 2017
A new elaborate scam can victimize smartphone users multiple times. First they snatch the smartphone, then users are fooled into clicking on a fake link. It starts with a simple crime: a stolen smartphone. But it's not just the expensive device that the thieves want.
WTOP - Jun 12, 2017
Investigators are looking into incidents in which scammers have “spoofed” Capitol police numbers on a potential victim’s caller ID to make the targets believe they need to settle a fictitious warrant. These scammers have requested payment in the form of bitcoins, gift cards or wired funds.
KCCI Des Moines - Jun 09, 2017
According to a news release, victims are reporting that the scam artist is very aggressive, threatening to issue arrest warrants if payment is not made. It should also be known that upon call back to this phone number, a fraudulent voice mailbox has been set up stating that the number belongs to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
WCTV - Jun 09, 2017
The City of Tallahassee offers residents several ways to pay their utility bills, but those ways do not include payment via a gift card over the phone.
News 5 Cleveland - Jun 08, 2017
The Kirtland Police Department is warning residents of phone scammers attempting to get personal and financial information from them. According to police, the scammers are calling residents from the “256” area codes that appear to be from local businesses, homes and the police department.