February 20 2018

FTC Warns of Phone Scams


Are you getting phone calls saying you won a grand prize, you are entitled to a refund or you are in trouble and need to pay delinquent accounts or fees?


It is probably another con artist trying to come after your money.


The FTC has received reports that imposters are calling, emailing, even texting or faxing, and pretending to be with the FTC, in an attempt to gain your trust and to steal your hard-earned money. Their goal is to either excite or scare you into sending money.


The FTC does not call, email, text, or fax consumers to ask for payment. Those are scams. According to the Department of Justice, two scammers who impersonated the FTC and the SEC were found guilty of scamming people out of $10 million.


The FTC does distribute money to people after suing entities for unlawful practices. In the FTC’s 2017 Annual Report, 6.28 million people received checks from the FTC between July 2016 and June 2017.


The FTC will NEVER ask you to send money or provide bank account information to get your money back. If you are entitled to a refund from a FTC lawsuit, you will usually receive a check or claim form with details about the case.


Scammers won’t stop at using the FTC’s name. They will also use the names of any people or organizations you trust. Dealing with imposters can be difficult at some times. But it’s important to take note of not just the story that they tell, but also how they ask you to pay.


If they ask you to pay by wiring them money, getting iTunes cards, or putting money on a MoneyPak, Vanilla Reload, or Reloadit card, it’s a scam.


If someone claiming to be with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) contacts you and asks you to send money, it’s a scam. Do not pay. Report it.


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