SCAMS

Tips to Prevent Credit Card Fraud                                    April 6, 2016

Senior citizens are heavily targeted by credit card fraud.  The link below gives great tips and information to keep you and your loves safe from fraud.

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IRS Scams                                                                                  January 22, 2016

The link below contains a slideshow issued by the IRS discussing the top 12 tax scams.  Take a few moments to educate yourself on the recent schemes scammers are using to take your hard earned money.

For more information visit the Interal Revenue Service website.

IRS’s Dirty Dozen Tax Scams


Rental Listing Scams

Planning a vacation? Moving to a new city?  As you consider issues like size, cost, and location of the rental, also consider this: that rental listing could be a scam.

Scammers often advertise rentals that don’t exist, belong to someone else or aren’t available. They trick people into sending money for a security deposit, to get personal information from the victim through questionnaires and usually the deals are really GREAT!!! (NOT)

In South Carolina, the rental scam problem has become so prevalent that Columbia FBI Special Agent in Charge David Thomas recently issued a warning about it to homeowners and prospective renters, particularly in the Charleston, Columbia, and Hilton Head areas. The scam has also ensnared victims in Rhode Island, Illinois, Colorado, and California, among other states.

How exactly does the rental housing scam work?      The criminals search websites that list homes for sale. They take the information in those ads—lock, stock, and barrel—and post it, with their own e-mail address, in an ad on Craigslist (without Craigslist’s consent or knowledge) under the housing rentals category. To sweeten the pot, the houses are almost always listed with below-market rental rates.   An interested party will contact the “homeowner” via e-mail, who usually explains that he or she had to leave the U.S. quickly because of some missionary or contract work in Africa. Victims are usually instructed to send money overseas—enough to cover the first and last month’s rent—via a wire transfer service (because the crooks know it can’t be traced once it gets picked up on the other end).   Renters might sometimes be asked to fill out credit applications asking for personal information like credit history, social security numbers, and work history. The Nigerian crooks can then use this info to commit identity fraud and steal even more money from their victims.

For more information check out the links below:

Rental Listing Scams

Housing Scams


Jury Duty Scam

If you get a call about missing jury duty, DO NOT give out any information.  Call 706-291-5210 Floyd County District Attorney’s Office to check and see if they received and/or missed a jury summons.

Warning to NOT send any money or buy any prepaid (Green Dot) Visa cards to give over the phone.

 Find details from the FBI link below:

Jury Scam

This video shows how the scam works:


Phone Scam Hits South Georgia, Stealing Hundreds from Elderly

Updated: Tue 6:10 PM, Feb 25, 2014

By: Thomasville Police Department, Kara Duffy

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 Updated By: Kara Duffy           February 25, 2014, 5pm

 

Thomasville, GA- It’s the latest phone scam in South Georgia; a person calls, claiming you’re the ‘lucky’ winner.

“They tell them that they have won money through some type of program, or grants and that in order for them to claim their prizes they have to send in some money on a Green Dot Card,” said Lt. Eric Hampton, with the Thomasville Police Department.

A Green Dot Card is a prepaid MasterCard or Visa Card and operates like a gift card.

“They’re asking for money up into hundreds of dollars,” Lt. Hampton said. “One incident they actually asked the woman to send $200 and the next one they asked her to send $300.”

Thomasville Police say the scam targets the elderly. Once the victim puts money on the card, the scammer asks for the number on the back of it. Then, with a few simple clicks of a mouse, the scammer transfers the money into their account, never to be heard from again.

“Once they get the money, the people cannot contact them anymore; the phone is dead at that time,” Lt. Hampton added.

Thomasville Police say they’ve had several cases like this reported as of late; the most recent happened last week.

“Nothing is free,” Lt. Hampton said. “So when somebody calls you and tells you you’ve won something or they’ve got something for you, but you have to send money before you can get it; that’s a scam right there.”


News Release: Georgia Department of Public Health

Updated: February 25, 2014, 2pm

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) encourages Georgia residents to be extremely cautious when participating in health-related telephone surveys. Several residents have complained to DPH about suspicious phone calls.

Many of the calls come from area codes outside of Georgia. In some instances, the caller asks questions about medical and surgical information after telling the recipient that they are with the “department of health.” One resident reported the caller asked to speak to her teenage daughter. In other calls, the caller asks questions about ethnicity and religion, among others, and may be trying to sell goods or services. DPH’s Office of the Inspector General is investigating the phone calls.

“Right now, we do not know the real reason for the calls or what the caller is truly looking for,” said Rick Keheley, DPH’s inspector general, who is exploring whether the calls are connected to fraud. “We do know the calls are not coming from the Georgia Department of Public Health.”

DPH does occasionally use telephone surveys to gain information on health trends and it is important to understand the difference. DPH:

  • Will never ask for religious information
  • Will never ask for credit card information
  • Will never try to sell goods or services
  • Will always provide call back or contact information for verification

Residents with questions or those wishing to report a suspicious call should contact DPH’s Office of Inspector General at (404) 656-4409 or reportdphfraud@dhr.state.ga.us.


Additional Scam Information Can Be Found At These Sites     

ConsumerAffairs Identity Theft Guide

Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs

Georgia Power- Common Fraud

Georgia Department of Public Health

Federal Trade Commission

Other Related Links

http://patch.com/georgia/roswell/roswell-police-warn-telephone-scam/#.U-4QpfldW0s

http://www.bbb.org/atlanta/news-events/bbb-scam-alerts/2014/08/bbb-warning-click-bait-scams-exploit-robin-williams-death/

http://www.ncoa.org/enhance-economic-security/economic-security-Initiative/savvy-saving-seniors/top-10-scams-targeting.html

http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud/seniors