26. December 2017 at 9:06 #2104
Fraudsters claim to be employees of the FTC!
There are fake e-mails in circulation, in which the FTC asks to give your bank account information. This is a scam to steal personal information!
Read more about this: Consumer information of the FTC.26. December 2017 at 9:06 #2083
I’ve got a call from the Social Security Administration. How do I know if it is really an employee of the SSA or a fraudster?28. December 2017 at 15:22 #2084
It’s not easy to figure out if the identity of a caller is true or not.
Avoid becoming a victim of Social Security scam callers:
The Social Security Administration (SSA) will …
- first send each inquiry as a written notice
- when making calls, give the phone number and extension
The Social Security Administration (SSA) will never …
- call to require payment immediately
- demand that you pay the debt without being able to appeal the amount you owe
- require a special kind of payment (e.g. with prepaid debit card)
- ask for personal data or credit card information over the phone
- threaten you with arrest
If you receive such a fake call, please do not give out any personal data. Just hang up!19. February 2018 at 15:26 #2105
Calls from fake US-Marshals!
Law enforcement officials won’t call you for missing jury duty or threaten you with imprisonment!
Fake „US Marshals“ warn people they could be arrested, unless they pay the fine in form of iTunes, gift cards or money. The caller’s identity may appear real, but they are fraudsters!
If you get a call from a „Marshal“, hang up! Never give out personal or financial Information if you didn´t initiate the call.
More information: U.S. Marshals Service19. February 2018 at 15:32 #210619. March 2018 at 16:41 #2129
Government Grant Scam
Whats the trick?
Someone calls you and offers you a free government grant. But to get it, you have to give them your personal infomation. Address, birth date, banc account number and so on. Be careful! The only thing they want to do, is to steal your personal data!
First, to become a govenment grant, you have to apply for it. They never call you out of the blue. The government neither calls to send a letter or email to offer grants.
Before they approve a government grant, they have to prove your financial situation. But you don’t have to pay fees for it.
Your application only will be accepted in written form, not by call.2. July 2018 at 5:23 #4187
Caller pretend to be from the Chinese Consulate office
During the last weeks, there appeared a popular scam tactic in Chinese language. The shocking fact is, that in a short time Chinese immigrants lost more than $1 million.
Phone scammers claim to be from the Chinese Consulate office. Under the pretext, that you have to pick up a package at the Chinese embassy, they ask for personal information and your bank account. The fraudsters also ask to transfer money. Their brazen claim to do that, for not to get in trouble with the Chinese Consulate, is only the tip of the iceberg.
What can you do to protect yourself?
- Don’t give out personal information like your Social Security number
- Never give out your bank or credit card number
- Don’t send your money to anyone
- If you want to contact the Chinese Consulate office, search their official phone number
- If you don’t have business with Chinese public offices, just ignore these calls
Remember, the Consulate offices and embassies don’t call people to ask for personal information!
UPDATE FROM July 5, 2018: Some people report that the calls are now even made in English!!!
See numbers which fraudsters used to call from:
2024953210, 2025952003, 2122137087, 2122243764, 2122244529, 2122440419, 2122441080, 2122441446, 2122441727, 2122442138, 2122442257, 2122442392, 2122443702, 2122444108, 2122444262, 2122444472, 2122444730, 2122444831, 2122445084, 2122445203, 2122445330, 2122446019, 2122446066, 2122447005, 2122447084, 2122447283, 2122447942, 2122448096, 2122448116, 2122448198, 2122448422, 2122449219, 2122739197, 2122849671, 2132017755, 2138073500, 2138073579, 2138074390, 2138077850, 2138078516, 2138083959, …
4152442712, 4156995669, 4158520086, 4158520545, 4158521735, 4158522149, 4158522376, 4158523009, 4158523059, 4158524458, 4158525068, 4158525113, 4158525350, 4158525440, 4158525478, 4158525515, 4158525534, 4158525559, 4158525584, 4158525759, 4158525779, 4158525873, 4158525904, 4158525907, 4158525913, 4158525926, 4158525928, 4158525966, 4158526954, 4158527108, 4158527435, 4158528962, 4158529277, 4158545128, 4158585723, 4163246423, 4163247594, 4169641796, 4169642961, 4169643220, 4169643969, 4169645284, 4169645510, 4169646249, 4169646607, 4169647462, 4169648735, …
6047341032, 6047348102, 6263160482, 6263487638, 6264080137, 6463655561, …8. August 2018 at 10:34 #4225
Chinese scam calls reach Canada
We have recently reported about fraudulent calls in Chinese language in the USA.
Now many Chinese immigrants from Canada tell that they have got calls in Mandarin from unknown people. They say that there is an important package to be picked up and ask for personal information.
Be careful!!! To give out personal information to unknown people can have serious consequences.
What can you do?
1. October 2018 at 8:53 #4348
- Report such calls to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
- Warn your family and friends
- If you have been scammed by them, report it to the local police office
Immigration Scams in Canada
Have you ever received a call from someone pretending to be with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)?
Fraudsters claim you have failed to complete or register certain immigration documents. If you do not pay the requested fees immediately you ill face deportation, lose your passport and citizenship.
The IRCC does not threaten anyone on the phone with deportation if fees are not paid immediately.
It is suggested to make the payment of real fees through your own bank or official website and not through any private money transfer company.
Contact the IRCC call centre directly at 1-888-242-2100 for further information.
If you are already a victim of immigration fraud in Canada, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (Toll-free: 1-888-495-8501).23. October 2018 at 5:50 #4357
Beware of (midterm) election scams!
As we all know, scam calls are increasing before the elections. Fraud can lurk anywhere: by unsolicited phone calls, emails or texts and can appear very credible! We are all potential targets.
So read here what you should know about that scam:
(1.) Political donations:
Fraudsters want to raise money with bogus campaigns. To appear real they use Call ID spoofing.
Don’t be fooled and never give out your credit card data to someone who called you!
(2.) Voter Registration:
Other scammers claim you have to re-register if you did not vote the last time. Or they want to check your eligibility to vote.
These calls or messages are illegal and have only one goal: to obtain personal data (such as your social security number).
(3.) Election Surveys:
Another tactic is to offer rewards (e.g. cruises) when you participate in a survey.
After some short and simple questions you are told that you can get the tickets. But to pay the shipping fee your credit card details will be required. Beware!
Note: Legitimate research companies never offer prices like cruises, nor will they ask for personal data!
(4.) Voting by phone:
If someone wants to convince you that you can vote by phone – you can assume that he/she is a scammer.
In the USA are only 2 types of voting permitted: in person or by postal ballot . And it is also illegal trying to trick people to cast their votes.24. October 2018 at 22:09 #4359
Thank you Jana86 for providing these four acts of what I consider to be terrorist acts.27. November 2018 at 12:47 #4370
Census – real survey or fraudulent call?
The U.S. Census Bureau as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for producing data about the American people and economy. This includes, for example, the American Community Survey and the decennial census.
Unfortunately, fraudsters take advantage of this and pretend to be employees of the Census Bureau in order to obtain sensitive data from citizens.
The Census Bureau will never ask you for:
– the full Social Security number
– your bank account or credit card information
– Transfer or donate money
– Your mother’s maiden name
When you receive a call, you can verify the caller as a real Census office employee by directly contacting the National Processing Center (NPC):
1-800-523-3205 Jeffersonville, IN
1-800-642-0469 Tucson, AZ
To find out more about protecting yourself from fraud when you receive mail or email or are personally questioned at the front door, please visit the official website of the U.S. Census Office.
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