PHONE SCAMS ON THE RISEThe Monroe Police Department would like to advise the community that the Monroe Police Department has received several calls reference several different phone scams. Several of the scams have been claiming to be from the IRS saying that you may be audited if you don’t send them money. Others have been from various other companies/ organizations claiming you have won prizes or that there are problems with your credit cards. Some have been from someone claiming to be a grandson or nephew in attempt to get money sent to them.
The callers have all asked for personal information as well as credit card information and other information to be used to steal a person’s identity. If you receive any fraudulent phone calls, it is advised that you do not give out any personal information to any unknown or unidentified callers and report any suspicious activity to the police department.
PHONE SCAMSEvery year, thousands of people lose money to telephone scams — from a few dollars to their life savings. Scammers will say anything to cheat people out of money. Some seem very friendly — calling you by your first name, making small talk, and asking about your family. They may claim to work for a company you trust, or they may send mail or place ads to convince you to call them.If you get a call from someone you don’t know who is trying to sell you something you hadn’t planned to buy, say “No thanks.” And, if they pressure you about giving up personal information — like your credit card or Social Security number — it’s likely a scam. Hang up and report it to the Federal Trade Commission and your local police department.Signs of a ScamOften, scammers who operate by phone don’t want to give you time to think about their pitch; they just want you to say “yes.” But some are so cunning that, even if you ask for more information, they seem happy to comply. They may direct you to a website or otherwise send information featuring “satisfied customers.” These customers, known as shills, are likely as fake as their praise for the company.
Here are a few red flags to help you spot telemarketing scams. If you hear a line that sounds like this, say “no, thank you,” hang up, and file a complaint with the FTC and the Monroe police department: You’ve been specially selected (for this offer). You’ll get a free bonus if you buy our product. You’ve won one of five valuable prizes. You’ve won big money in a foreign lottery. This investment is low risk and provides a higher return than you can get anywhere else. You have to make up your mind right away. You trust me, right? You don’t need to check our company with anyone. We’ll just put the shipping and handling charges on your credit card.
Join the National Do Not Call List Register your home and mobile phone numbers with the National Do Not Call Registry. This won’t stop all unsolicited calls, but it will stop most.
Why They’re Calling YouEveryone’s a potential target. Fraud isn’t limited to race, ethnic background, gender, age, education, or income. That said, some scams seem to concentrate in certain groups. For example, older people may be targeted because the caller assumes they may live alone, have a nest egg, or may be more polite toward strangers.This information and more is available to consumers on the Consumer Federal Trade Commission website.
Any questions or concerns please contact the Monroe police department:
Monroe Police Department 641-259-2311