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Six Phone Scams You Really Need to Know About


Phone based scamming is on the rise. Phone scammers use many cover stories to trick people into sending them money and personal information.

Here we discuss six methods that phone scammers are currently using.

  1. Phone Scammers Pretending to be from IRS
    US news outlets are currently reporting a spate of IRS related phone scams. The scammers claim that the victims owe considerable sums of money to the IRS and must arrange payment immediately or face serious legal consequences.

  2. Jury Duty Scam Resurfaces
    Scammers posing as court officials are calling people and claiming that they have missed a scheduled jury duty date and must therefore pay an immediate fine or face serious legal consequences.

  3. 'Outstanding Warrant' Phone Scams
    Scammers posing as law-enforcement officers are cold-calling people and tricking them into paying over the phone to resolve supposedly outstanding warrants.

  4. FBI Warns Of Virtual Kidnapping Scams
    The FBI has published a press release warning members of the public about an increase in virtual kidnapping scams.

  5. Electricity Bill Phone Scams
    Scammers posing as utility company staff are tricking people into giving them money via pre paid debit cards.

  6. Scam Callers Threaten Internet Disconnection
    Callers claiming to be from the technical department of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) such as Telstra warn that your Internet service is about to be disconnected because hackers have accessed your computer or it has been infected with viruses.




   

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Last updated: January 26, 2016
First published: February 27, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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