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KEYT - Apr 21, 2017
A report of a phone scam in the city of Lompoc has prompted authorities to warn the public against any calls asking for money on behalf of the police department or Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. The Lompoc Police Department said they received the report through their app. The caller told the Lompoc resident that they were calling on behalf of the police and Sheriff, and asked for $125 dollars to sponsor an advertisement in the police yearbook.
WNYT - Apr 20, 2017
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is warning seniors to be alert to a new phone scam. He says his office has gotten many complaints of callers posing as IRS agents. The callers ask seniors to pay-off phony debts, by buying gift or pre-paid debit cards and giving them the barcode number.
WJHL - Apr 18, 2017
ABINGDON, VA (WJHL) – The United States Marshals Service wants to warn the public about an ongoing national jury duty phone scam that is affecting folks in our region. Federal officials say the call begins with the alleged scammer posing as a U.S. Marshal or other law enforcement officer. The alleged scammer calls the victim and tells them that he or she has missed federal jury duty, but can avoid arrest by paying a fine — immediately.
WJXT Jacksonville - Apr 18, 2017
There's a consumer alert in St. Johns County, where deputies are investigating a fake DirecTV phone scam that conned a retired woman out of hundreds of dollars. According to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the 67-year-old woman said she got a call from someone who claimed to work for DirecTV.
WRGB - Apr 17, 2017
North Adams police are warning people about a phone scam. Police say a woman received a call claiming to be from Citizen Bank and stated that her monthly $99 Sears credit card statement was overdue and they wanted to assist her with setting up the payment.
WTSP 10 News - Apr 16, 2017
As if tax time weren’t tough enough, scammers are doubling down efforts to steal more of your hard-earned money. According to the Internal Revenue Service, there’s a spike in online tax scams and an aggressive phone scam is making the rounds again, too.
webcenter11 - Apr 13, 2017
Alaska State Troopers have been investigating a phone scam where individuals are claiming to be troopers themselves. Multiple reports started coming into the troopers on April 8. The scam was initially recognized in the Interior but has since been upgraded to a statewide advisory.
BlueRidgeNow.com - Apr 12, 2017
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple calls from concerned residents reporting a potential scam. The scammer identifies himself as a high-ranking member of the Sheriff’s Office. The potential victims are told they missed jury duty and need to purchase pre-paid cards to avoid arrest.
Chicago Tribune - Apr 12, 2017
On March 27, a woman told police she was contacted by a man who claimed to be her grandson and asked for money in order to return from a trip he had taken. The woman does not have grandchildren, police said, and when she informed the caller she was going to call police, he allegedly threatened her.
Forbes - Apr 10, 2017
A 24-year-old Indian man has been accused of being the mastermind behind those Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phone scams. Indian police have arrested Sagar Thakkar, claiming that he managed the scam in which callers posing as IRS agents tricked taxpayers into paying out millions.