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Scam FAQ: What Is A Swatting Call

SCARS|RSN™ Anti-Scam FAQ: What Is A Swatting Call A "Swatting Call" is where someone calls the local police emergency number (911) and reports a violent crime either at your home or office. The caller might claim that there are multiple people dead or that there is a bomb, or some other obvious reason for the police to show up in force - send their SWAT Teams in. Typically, when the police arrive they are not very careful about [...]

Scam FAQ: “Your Order Has Arrived”/Shipping Status Scam

SCARS|RSN™ Anti-Scam FAQ: "Your Order Has Arrived"/Shipping Status Scam   You may have received an email that says your "order" from Amazon or other ecommerce retailer has arrived or has been shipped. It likely asks you to click on a link.   These emails can be a phishing scam attempting to get personal information from you by asking you to confirm your bank information or other information only known to you.   If you are [...]

Scam FAQ: Veterans Charity Scams

SCARS|RSN™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Veterans Charity Scams   Fake charity scams are nothing new, and the Veterans Affairs Department and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service warns that veterans of the armed forces are particularly vulnerable.   The scammers reportedly offer pension buyouts to veterans or ask veterans to donate to a charity that sounds and looks real but isn't.   The scammers take the donations or cash the pension checks.   The scammers will also take [...]

Scam FAQ: Ticket Scams

SCARS|RSN™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Ticket Scams   Looking for tickets to a concert or for that upcoming football game? If so, beware of tickets scams. The prevalence of online ticket sellers and resellers has created plenty of ticket scam opportunities that you need to be wary of when you go to buy your tickets.   The BBB Scam Tracker reported more than 300 ticket scams reported last year with the most common scams center around reselling [...]

Scam FAQ: Tech Support Fraud

SCARS|RSN™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Tech Support Fraud   In 2017 there were 11,000 complaints related to tech support fraud that resulted in claimed losses of nearly $15 million—an 86% increase in losses from 2016. These tech support scams have prompted the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) to warn consumers about criminals claiming to provide the customer, security, or technical support as a cover in an effort to defraud individuals.   The scam can take place through [...]

Scam FAQ: Tax Prep Scam

SCARS|RSN™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Tax Prep Scam   Not only are U.S. taxpayers the targets of scammers this tax season, so are the tax professionals that prepare tax returns. Tax fraud is big business for fraudsters that can steal the tax preparers information and turn around and sell it on the dark web for money.   This year scammers are sending a lot more phishing emails in an attempt to gain access to the accountant's computer. [...]

Scam FAQ: U.S. Tax Arrest Scam

SCARS|RSN™ Anti-Scam FAQ: U.S. Tax Arrest Scam   The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently warned the public about "sophisticated phone scams" targeting taxpayers by claiming to be IRS employees.   The scammers demand that the victims owe money to the IRS and to pay them promptly or be arrested, deported or have their driver's license suspended. Sometimes, the caller becomes aggressive, warning people that a Sheriff or local law enforcement will show up at their [...]

Scam FAQ: ATM & Credit Card Shimmer Scams

SCARS|RSN™ Anti-Scam FAQ: ATM & Credit Card Shimmer Scams   A shimmer scam is an update on skimming except that thieves are using "shimmers" to target chip-based credit and debit cards. A shimmer is a very thin piece of paper that can read your card number and access your credit or debit card's EMV chip—the chip designed to help make your card more secure.   A thief will put a shimmer into an ATM and [...]

Scam FAQ: U.S. Secretary of State Scam

SCARS|RSN™ Anti-Scam FAQ: U.S. Secretary of State Scam   This scam starts when you receive an email claiming to be from former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who says you're owed a payment he knows about because of an investigation by the FBI and CIA.   The scam reportedly states that you will receive an ATM card with more than 1 million dollars on it, but first you have to send $320 along with personal [...]

Scam FAQ: Phone Porting Scams

SCARS|RSN™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Phone Porting Scams   The scam called "porting" involves criminals stealing your phone number and your phone service in order to get access to your bank account through confirmation text messages.   Scammers start by collecting your name, phone number and then gather any other information they can find about you such as your address, Social Security number, and date of birth. Then they contact your mobile carrier and state that your [...]

Scam FAQ: Patrick Dempsey Scam

SCARS|RSN™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Patrick Dempsey Scam   This scam is anything but McDreamy, as the popular Grey's Anatomy actor Patrick Dempsey has publicly stated that he has an online impersonator on the loose. The scammer is asking his fans and others through social media to send money to him for his Maine-based nonprofit. The scam has been going on for a while as fraudsters keep setting up fake accounts to send messages hoping to find [...]

Scam FAQ: No Roof Scam

SCARS|RSN™ Anti-Scam FAQ: No Roof Scam With summer upon us, thunder, hurricanes, and hailstorms can wreak havoc. If you recently suffered damage to your roof from weather events, be wary of people coming to your door offering their repair services as these storms can bring out the worst in people. These scammers will make false promises to people needing to repair or replace their storm-damaged roofs. Many times they will ask payment before they start working [...]

Scam FAQ: Netflix Scam

SCARS|RSN™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Netflix Scam   The popular streaming service is the target of an email phishing scam featuring the subject line "payment declined," which may get your attention if you are a subscriber. The email wants you to click on a link to update your credit card information.   If you see this don't click on the link because it can be dangerous malware. Visit your Netflix account by typing the address in yourself [...]

Scam FAQ: U.S. Medicare Card Scam

SCARS|RSN™ Anti-Scam FAQ: U.S. Medicare Card Scam The Federal Government mailed out new Medicare cards that now have an 11-digit identification number instead of an enrollee's Social Security number to help protect seniors from identity theft. About 59 million people will receive the cards with a requirement from Congress that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards by April 2019. Because of the update, scammers are taking to the phones to [...]

Scam FAQ: Jury Duty Scams

SCARS|RSN™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Jury Duty Scams   Another new spoofing phone call scam has popped up and involves scammers posing as judicial officials or police and calling people to let them know they failed to report for jury duty and owe a fine.   Scammers can spoof law enforcement phone numbers or names so people receiving the call may think that the call is legitimate.   The FBI in Atlanta has received numerous complaints about [...]

Scam FAQ: ATM Jackpotting

SCARS|RSN™ Anti-Scam FAQ: ATM Jackpotting   Jackpotting is a new cyber-attack scam that the Secret Service warned financial institutions about criminals installing software or hardware on ATMs that force the machines to issue large amounts of cash.   Criminals have found ways to exploit the standalone machines commonly found in pharmacies, big-box retailers, and some drive-thru ATMs.   It's hard to know the exact financial implications because sometimes these crimes aren't disclosed publicly, but anytime [...]

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