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WCTV - May 31, 2017
The Suwannee County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a new phone scam. Officials with the Sheriff's Office says they received several calls on Wednesday from people who reported receiving a phone call claiming that someone they know has been kidnapped, and the caller demanded money for their release. In each of these cases, the claims were false, and everyone was safe.
FOX Illinois - May 31, 2017
The Illinois State Police (ISP) is warning the public of a phone scam that is currently circulating throughout the state. An individual will call and claim to be associated with the ISP. The caller will state that they are asking for donations for officers who have died in the line of duty.
Patch.com - May 30, 2017
The Glen Rock Police Department is warning residents to be mindful of IRS scam phone calls. The department received two of them Tuesday. The calls indicated that the IRS had issued an arrest warrant for the department, authorities said. Police were told to a call a 908-area code phone number, which they did. Officers spoke with several men with Indian accents, police said in a Facebook post.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - May 25, 2017
The Allegheny County Public Defender's Office issued a warning Wednesday after it received word that a person is trying to scam residents by claiming to be an employee of the office. According to a statement by the office, it received notice that someone received a call from another person claiming to work for the public defender's office. The caller claimed that a family member was arrested and that they can help get the person released from jail — for a fee, of course.
FOX43.com - May 24, 2017
Upper Allen Township Police have received many calls from residents about IRS and US Treasury scams telephone calls. Most have received an automated telephone call (or sometimes a live call) from someone claiming to be an agent of the government regarding a lawsuit or arrest over unpaid taxes. The scammer requests a return telephone call.
The Evening Leader - May 22, 2017
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his office has received information of a phone scam circulating in the area, where the scammer “spoofs” the caller ID to show up as if a business within the county is calling, making it more likely for someone to answer the call and give the scammer an opportunity to gain valuable information. The storyline the scammer uses most times does not fit with the legitimate service the spoofed business provides.
KHON2 - May 19, 2017
The AARP is warning the public about a scam that’s been targeting people with friends on Maui. It’s a variation of the “Family Impersonation Scam,” or the “Grandparents Scam.” Judy Edwards used to live on Maui. She told us she got a call from a man who claimed to be a paramedic and said her friend was in a crash. Then he put the “father” of the person in the other car on the phone while he “tended to the wounded.”
WPEC - May 17, 2017
LAKE WORTH, Fla. — City officials are warning Lake Worth residents about thieves using fake phone numbers to target utility customers. According to officials, scammers are posing as city employees with fake numbers and threatening to shut off residents power. They then ask for immediate payment with a Green Dot MoneyPak card or personal credit card.
NJ.com - May 17, 2017
Six Jersey City people have been arrested on charges that the group ran an IRS telephone scam that netted $120,000, authorities said. Ronak Butani, 24, Jay Kakadiya, 24, Akashkumar Chovatiya, 23, Divyesh Patel, 23, Jagdishkumar Patel, 22, and Brijeshkumar Parmar, 26, were charged Wednesday with multiple counts of money laundering and conspiracy, according to Middlesex County Prosecutors Andrew Carey.
WNMU-FM - May 16, 2017
MARQUETTE, MI-- Upper Peninsula Power Company is warning its customers about yet another phone scam. Officials say the scammer tells the customer they need to call back a certain phone number because a technician is on the way to their home to disconnect the power. The customer is instructed to purchase a prepaid credit card, money order, or money pack card and give the scammer the numbers. Once that’s done the money is gone.