FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has released tips to start off the New Year scheme-free. Whether it’s a caller claiming to be with ISIS or Microsoft, don’t be fooled. The BBB warns against many calls where people on the other end are demanding money.
Here are the nine schemes from the BBB:
1. Calls from Dell about your computer being attacked:
It isn’t the first time that a call has been received from someone impersonating a computer services organization. Normally, calls received are reported to be from Microsoft or a company that contracts for Microsoft. What also was different about this call is that the caller informed the consumer that their internet was being attacked. Usually, the “Microsoft representative” will say that a person has viruses on their computer. Don’t fall for it!
2. If you receive this threat, call Homeland Security!
A woman called out a Microsoft impersonator. He didn’t like that and told her that she was right. He was an impersonator and that he was with ISIS. In fact, he said that he was going to blow up her house, if she didn’t give him any money. She hung up on him and called us.
3. Questions about Office of Personnel Management letter.
Our office has received questions in regards to a letter that is circulating. There are concerns that it may be a hoax. It is not. Should you receive this and have questions, contact them at 866-408-4555.
4.Surprise!! You are eligible for a $7000 grant from the Federal Government:
This call takes people by surprise, whether they believe that they are entitled to grant money or not. If you were eligible for a grant, you would not receive a random call from someone telling you that you are 1 out of 1700 people receiving this offer. You would have to apply for the grant, an “official notice” letter would be received, and no payment of $250 for an application would be required. For any questions regarding this, please give us a call.
5. Phone threats of taking away a person’s Social Security!
A new scare tactic. A consumer received a call from 954-271-8700. The caller insisted that she purchase a brace or that she would lose her Medicare for the next three years. She contacted Social Security, and the representative confirmed that the call was a hoax.
6. Failure to report to Grand Jury Duty:
The caller ID showed “226-0152 -1359 Federal Court House J. Burniston,” although Matthew Kinsman was the caller. Matthew called to tell the call recipient that she had received a letter for jury duty and failed to show. As a consequence, she would be arrested, unless $975 was paid. She informed him that she did not have the money. He said that he would talk to the Deputy, James Atkinson, to see if the payment could be lowered. The phone then went dead.
7. Calls to inmates? Beware of globaltellink!
A woman had paid $25 to Globaltellink to talk to an inmate. The company called her back, indicating that her credit was low on funds. She was confused, as she had just paid. In checking the company, there was a website called globaltellink.net, and its domain, located in Panama, is for sale.
8. Facebook quacks:
Reports that Mark Zuckerberg is having a sweepstakes on Facebook that goes out by email, while other “cons” come in different forms. One in particular came from a person’s “friend,” whose account had been hacked. A message was received from this “friend,” stating that she had $200,000 and needed a bank account to put it into. The lady receiving the message thought it was suspicious and reported it to BBB. Take no chances. Contact the person directly and check with them before conducting any financial transactions.
9. Example of a phishing email to avoid:
For more information on the BBB’s top schemes, click here.
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