|Have you been getting scammy text messages? How to deal with them!|
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Thursday, February 9, 2023
"My 78-year-old mother-in-law handed an envelope containing $25,000 cash to a Florida Lyft driver who showed up one morning on her doorstep during the early days of the pandemic.The cash was intended to bail out her beloved nephew from jail, where he sat after crashing into a pregnant woman and killing her. Or so my mother-in-law was told by the man on the phone who pretended to be her nephew’s lawyer. The man instructed her to tell no one or he would rot in jail. On two consecutive days, she made large cash withdrawals at her bank and the “lawyer” sent the Lyft driver to collect the loot.But there was no accident and no jail stint. My mother-in-law, reacting with her heart and not her head, was too scared to call her nephew or other family members to verify the tale. Days later, she mentioned to my husband that she had bailed the nephew out of jail — with no idea that she had been scammed.That was my family’s introduction to the pernicious crimes that strip senior citizens of their money and dignity. It also served as a wake-up call for my husband. He drafted a strategy to better protect her, which included overseeing her finances."
|(Tara Anand for The Washington Post)|
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
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|Did you get a text from your own number? That’s a scam|
Saturday, March 5, 2022
To support these efforts, the FTC and its partners have organized a series of programming ranging from webinars to Twitter chats and livestreams. Topics of interest include college students and cryptocurrency scams, financial caregiving, and how to recover from fraud.
For more about events coming up this week -> https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2022/03/ftc-kicks-national-consumer-protection-week-sunday-march-6?utm_source=govdelivery
|FTC Kicks Off National Consumer Protection Week this Sunday, March 6|
Saturday, January 29, 2022
|If you see or experience scam on social media, report it to ReportFraud.ftc.gov|
Sunday, December 5, 2021
Monday, March 29, 2021
"A Globe colleague recently got two unsettling calls on his mobile phone from the same “888″ number.He received the first call a couple of weeks ago from someone who said he was from Eversource (spoiler alert: he wasn’t) and that the electricity to his house would be turned off in “40 to 45 minutes” because his account was overdue.“Are you really from Eversource?” my colleague asked, more a statement than a question.The caller quickly hung up."
Thursday, February 11, 2021
"The Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA), Gail S. Ennis, is designating Thursday, March 4, 2021 as the second annual National “Slam the Scam” Day, to raise public awareness of government imposter telephone scams, which continue to spread across the United States. This is part of National Consumer Protection Week, February 28 – March 6.
Last year, we received over 718,000 reports of Social Security-related telephone scams—with a total of $44.8 million reported lost. Victims who lost money reported an average loss of $5,800. On National “Slam the Scam” Day, we will work to spread the word far and wide about these scams—and encourage people to warn their friends and family to just Hang Up!"
|Inspector General Announces 2nd National “Slam the Scam” Day|
Thursday, December 24, 2020
"IM and social media accounts feel less open to spammers and scammers than email - until a crook gets into a friend's account and sends from there..."
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Friday, February 21, 2020
"Recently, we launched a new Public Service Announcement campaign as our latest step to caution you about the ongoing nationwide telephone impersonation scheme. The videos feature a message from our Commissioner, Andrew Saul.
Along with our Office of the Inspector General, we continue to receive reports about fraudulent phone calls and emails from people falsely claiming they’re government employees.
The scammers play on emotions like fear to convince people to provide personal information or money in cash, wire transfers, or gift cards. Fraudsters are also emailing fake documents in attempts to get people to comply with their demands."Continue reading the announcement on avoiding scammers
Video link -> https://youtu.be/QrHFNdjcp2s
|Social Security Launches New Campaign to Fight Scammers (video)|