How The Scam Works:
(with scam caught on camera video below)
Your phone rings. You pick up and hear a recording that states a fax was received with a civil complaint against you (or your daughter, son, brother, etc). The message adds that they will send the documents to appear in court. In a different variation of the scam, a “private investigator” might call you saying there is a complaint against your phone number or that you are listed as an emergency contact for a person who is in trouble. Does it sound familiar?
It may also come as a US Marshals scam call, so beware.
Watch How The Scam Works:
But how does the scam work? Watch the video below to see in action the Civil Complaint scam caught on tape by a regular citizen:
In the message, they say that if you have any questions about the complaint, you are entitled to call a number (one of our readers said the given number was 515-55-2879, along with a reference case number, AUV6908).
The recording also states that you have been officially notified. “I did check the number, says our reader Diane, and it is out of central Iowa two locations, DesMoines and Jewell, also carrier 360 networks. I’ve put my number on the Do Not Call list but that doesn’t seem to stop them“. Australians also receive this message, from local networks.
Pay A Fee To Drop The Bogus Case
The way the scam works is that once you call the number, an ‘agent’ will pick up the call and start processing your claim. He might even know you have two kids or that you work for the employer that you actually do. His speech is accurate and official, including legal verbiage. He will ask for more personal information for confirmation. In the end, he will ask for a fee to drop the case.
Although this might sound too easy to recognize, scammers go the extra mile and research the victims on social media prior to their reach, just so they know more about their target. This will act as validation for victims that the case is real. Think about: how many times did you see on Facebook or Twitter the name of the employers of your friends? Or even the name of their kids?
How To Avoid The Civil Complaint Scam:
Civil complaints never come your way as a recorded message. Just ignore it, nobody will come after you. Even if you call the number provided, never pay a fee over the phone. In addition, look at the phone number as well, see if it’s a hot-line (might start with 1-800 or 1-888 or 1-866). You might be charged a premium.
How To Report The Civil Complaint Scam:
Make your family and friends aware of the Civil Complaint Against You scam by sharing it. You can also officially report the scammers’ phone numbers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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