In the news - articles related to phone scams and phone fraud. Stay informed with the latest types of scams & telephone fraud happening around the country.
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.
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.