A recent telephone scam has hit the Castle Country area, seeking to snatch funds from citizens over the phone.
The phone calls, which can come from numbers throughout the country, report that fraudulent activity on a person’s name and social security number has been detected. The phone call consists of a recording requesting the receiver call a number to address the “fraudulent” situation, often by monetary means. One number the scam requests people call is (720) 446-0595.
Consumer.ftc.gov gives the following recommendations to help avoid and prevent phone scams:
- Don’t send cash by messenger, overnight mail or money transfer. If you use cash or a money transfer rather than a credit card, you may lose your right to dispute fraudulent charges. The money will be gone.
- Resist pressure to make a decision immediately.
- Keep your credit card, checking account and Social Security numbers to yourself. Don’t tell them to callers you don’t know, even if they ask you to “confirm” this information. That’s a trick.
- Report any caller who is rude or abusive, even if you already sent them money. They’ll want more. Call 1-877-FTC-HELP or visit ftc.gov/complaint.