Scam Alert - Imposter Scams
Econsumer.gov complaint trends for January-March 2016 rank impostor scams as number two on the list of top complaint categories.
What does an imposter scam look like?
Impostor scams, also called impersonation scams, could be someone claiming to be calling from a government agency to collect taxes, or to tell you that you’ve won a lottery or sweepstakes.
It could be someone claiming to be a friend or relative stranded in a foreign country without money.
It could be someone claiming to be from a well-known technology company, who says they’ve detected a virus on your computer to trick you into giving them remote access or paying for software you don’t need.
Their goal is the same: to get you to send them money or reveal your personal information.
What are some warning signs? They might:
You can always call a phone number for the government agency, friend, or business, that you know to be genuine and check the story, or ask someone else in your family or circle of friends, even if you’ve been told to keep it a secret.
If you believe you’ve responded to this kind of scam, you can file a complaint with:
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