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KEYT - Apr 07, 2017
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara Police Department is reminding the public about a phone scam targeting taxpayers during this tax season. Residents may get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and threatening police arrest, deportation or license revocation if the resident doesn't pay immediately. But IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel says this is a clear indication it's not the IRS calling.
Star2.com - Apr 06, 2017
If you get a call from someone claiming to a offer free stay at a Marriott hotel, hang up. Marriott International has released a statement warning consumers of fraudulent phone calls being made in different parts of the world, where the caller offers a complimentary stay at a Marriott hotel in exchange for personal information, or the purchase of a product or service unrelated to the Marriott brand.
KTEN - Apr 05, 2017
DENISON, TX— With the tax deadline less than two weeks away Denison police are warning you to beware of IRS phone scams. Police say it’s one of the oldest scams in the book. "They were calling on the behalf of the IRS and telling me that I needed to call them back ASAP because apparently I owed money to the IRS,” said Debra Miranda who was targeted by scammers.
Inside NoVA - Apr 01, 2017
A phone scam taking advantage of tax filing season is using a phone number from the Virginia State Police, troopers warned this week. The callers are impersonating the IRS, with the number identified on caller ID matching the Virginia State Police (VSP) office in Chatham. Three callers told police they had received these calls on Wednesday, alone.
Palm Beach Daily News - Apr 01, 2017
The town is alerting residents to “can you hear me” scams in which phone callers get victims to say the word “yes” during a call and later use a recording of the response to authorize unwanted charges on the victim’s utility or credit-card account.
Patch.com - Mar 30, 2017
NEWTON, MA – Police in Newton on Thursday warned of a new phone scam, specific to the city's residents. Police said the caller claims to be from the Newton Police Association and asks for donations for an ad book for children being preyed upon. This is not true, according to the department.
KIRO Seattle - Mar 29, 2017
SEATTLE - A phone scam targeting people with Apple iCloud accounts is sweeping the 206 area code. The scammers are making harassing phone calls up to six times per day. “It said: ‘Hi I’m Molly from Apple support and there is a problem the security of your cloud storage account,’” said Jack Herndon, who was repeatedly called Wednesday.
ABC News - Mar 27, 2017
The Federal Communications Commission is warning consumers about a new scam that is hooking consumers with just one word: Yes. According to the FCC, the scam begins as soon as a person answers the phone. A recorded voice or an actual person asks: "Can you hear me?" And the consumer responds, "Yes."
BGR - Mar 24, 2017
Every year, phone scammers come up with new and creative ways to bilk individuals out of their hard-earned money. From calling up folks and pretending to be IRS agents to robocalling every permutation of phone number possible with promises of easy money, the variety of different phone scams seems to increase significantly with each passing year.
NBC 29 News - Mar 24, 2017
The Waynesboro Police Department wants citizens to be aware that the “Government Grants Scam” has been occurring in the city. The Police Department has received at least two calls from citizens saying that they were contacted by someone as a part of this scam.