Around the world millions of individuals are being scammed. You may ask I been scammed? What can I do to prevent being scammed? It is important to be informed. Here is some important pointers.
Scammers may be committing fraud by:
Letter Writen by Kristin Keckeisen
AARP Fraud Watch Network
Collect Social Security? A new scam is targeting YOU.
How It Works:
A scammer calls from a 323 area code, posing as a Social Security Administration (SSA) employee.
In some instances, the scammer tells the victim he or she is due a cost-of-living adjustment increase in their Social Security benefit.
The caller then tries to get the victim to “verify” their Social Security number, name, date of birth, parents’ name and other personal information.
If the scammer succeeds, they use the information to make changes to the victim’s direct deposit, address, and telephone information.
What You Should Know:
The SSA does call occasionally call people for customer service purposes.
Only in very limited situations, usually known by the person being called, will the SSA ask to confirm personal information.
What You Should Do:
Never provide information such as your Social Security number or bank account numbers to unknown people over the phone or internet unless you are certain who is receiving it.
If you have questions about any SSA communication – a call, letter, email or text – contact your local Social Security office or 1-800-772-1213.
Report suspicious calls to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report.
When it comes to fraud, vigilance is our number one weapon. You have the power to protect yourself and your loved ones from scams. Please share this alert with friends and family.
Are you a Verizon customer? Well watch out! Verizon Online has put out a warning of a new phishing scam targeting that is targeting their customers. The scam lures customers to a fraudulent web site, and has the person put in personal information and/or download a virus infected programs.
Verizon online states that they will never ask for personal or account information by email.
If you receive an e-mail similar to the ones below (the content may vary slightly), you should DELETE IT IMMEDIATELY.
Dear Verizon Customer ,
Your Verizon online account preferences were changed by someone else.
We have Disabled most of the accessible features of your account.
You have to login from your device in order to reactivate your online functions again.
Your bill is ready to view online.
Account ending in #2573-00001.
Due by: 04/09/17
Enroll in auto pay > Shop Deals >
Â© 2017 Verizon Wireless
This email was sent to email@example.com.
Verizon Wireless, One Verizon Way, Mail Code: 180WVB, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
From: Verizon Wireless [mailto:e-mail address removed]
Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 3:02 PM
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Urgent: Payment unauthorized
Due to recent upgrade on Verizon database. We have been unable to authorize your last payment. You are required to verify your email address below
The Verizon Wireless
Phishing Scam email 3:
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Are you single or recently widowed? Are your friends trying to get you out there in the dating world again? Encouraging you to try online dating sites? Although dating sites portray that you will find love, sometimes that is not always true. You must be aware. Some people on these sites may lie and pretend to be something or someone they are not. Social media has really opened doors for scammers to start lurking.
Every week, hundreds of women are sending money to Africa and Afghanistan to help service members come home. They believe they are doing a good deed, but in reality IT IS A SCAM. These men portraying to be service men are not in the United States military and they are scam artists preying on women. The website that these scam artists have been lurking on is Facebook. This shows that not all scamming happens of dating websites, but it can happen anywhere.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and New York City Police Department are alerting the public to a new, frightening scam that is targeting New York City residents. In the scheme, individuals call claiming to have kidnapped a family member. While no actual kidnapping has taken place, the callers often use co-conspirators to convince their victims of the legitimacy of the threat. For example, a caller might attempt to convince a victim that her husband or son had gotten into a car accident with a member of a gang. The individual calling pretends to be a friend or relative of the gang member and tells the victim that their family member is seriously injured and needs to go to the hospital but that their friend will not allow them to go the hospital until he gets paid for the damages done to his vehicle. In another example, a caller might attempt to convince a victim that his daughter was kidnapped by having a young female scream for help in the background during the call. Often the reason they are holding the alleged victim varies, but some of the most prominent scams involve car accidents, drug debts, gang assaults, or persons being smuggled across the border. Victim telephone numbers appear to be dialed at random.
Callers will typically provide the victim with specific instructions to ensure safe return of the allegedly kidnapped individual. In some cases, these instructions involve demands of a ransom payment. Callers are ordered to stay on the phone until the money is wired, often to a third party in Puerto Rico. Most schemes use various techniques to instill a sense of fear, panic, and urgency in an effort to rush the victim into making a very hasty decision. Instructions usually require the ransom payment be made immediately and typically by wire transfer using companies such as Western Union. The requested ransom payments are for varied amounts, usually between $600 to $1,900. In addition, once a payment is made, the alleged kidnappers often claim the money was not received and tells the victims that they need to wire additional money. The perpetrators of this scam appear to be Hispanic males and often speak with a Spanish accent.
“This is a scheme that takes advantage of some of the most vulnerable people in New York City,” said FBI Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos. “We need the public to be aware of this scam and call us if they have been a victim.”
“The New York City Police Department, in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, continually seeks preventive measures to ensure the public is both safe and well informed,” said NYPD Police Commissioner William J. Bratton. “We encourage the community to immediately contact the police if they encounter any calls that require a ransom for kidnapping.”
To avoid becoming a victim of this extortion scheme, look for the following possible indicators:
If you receive a phone call from someone who demands payment of a ransom for a kidnapped victim, the following should be considered:
We are asking anyone with information about the virtual kidnappings to call the FBI at 212-384-1000 or the NYPD at 800-577-TIPS. If you believe you are the victim of a real kidnapping, please call 911 or your local FBI office. Tipsters may remain anonymous.