Fraud Protection Agency Call Scam

How the scam works:

Keeping yourself safe from scams takes a lot of vigilance and involves educating yourself. It can be difficult though when scammers take on the persona of one who is trying to help you prevent being taken in by a scam.

A scam that has been circulating recently is the perfect example of how this happens.

This elaborate scam begins with victims receiving a phone call from a person identifying themselves as an employee at a fraud protection agency. They state that they are calling to warn the victim that their bank account has been the subject of fraudulent activity.

The scammer suggests to the victim to call the police or the bank right away and report the crime. When the victim hangs up the phone the scammer does not, which leaves the line open. When the victim then picks up the phone to call the police the scammer is the person on the other end of the line, posing as a police officer.

He advises the victim that he is investigating their bank for fraud and abuse and advises them to transfer their money to another account. He gives the victim the banking details and the victim, in their concern over not losing any of their money, makes the transfer. Of course the account they are transferring the money to belongs to the scammers, who clean out the account and disappear, taking all of the victim’s money with them.


How to avoid the Fraud Protection Agency scam:

Police are warning citizens to be aware of these scams. They advise that the police will never ask citizens to transfer money to other accounts and that if any fraudulent activity was to take place, they would not be contacted by a “fraud protection agency” in the first place.

If you receive a call of this nature and are concerned that it could be legitimate, hang up the phone and call the police, making sure that you have a dial tone before making the call. The police have so far been able to recover the funds for several people taken in by the scam because the victims have realized their error rather quickly and contacted them for help almost immediately. However, it is important to realize that if you are taken in then fail to act quickly, you could lose everything.


How to report the Fraud Protection Agency scam:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) using the link below:

Report To The FTC Here


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3 thoughts on “Fraud Protection Agency Call Scam”

  1. If you really do not want to get more calls from these creeps, here’s what you do: Go to your local auto parts store and buy an aerosol air horn. Be prepared for the next call. If they have been calling you a lot, you know how to do that. Before they call, gather up every telephone extension in your house; we have many in our house. Arrange the telephone handsets in a daisy circle, with the mouthpieces at the center. Keep your Bose noise-cancelling headphones handy. When the call comes through, answer. Be polite, maybe even act a little scared, like you intend to comply with their demands. As soon as you get a live person on the line, slip on your headphones, aim your air horn into the center of the circle of mouthpieces and blast away for as long as it takes. If you do this once or twice, they will not call back again. Guarantee it. Good luck!

  2. I received a call this morning from the Publishers Clearning house stating that I had won 2.8 million dollars and they would be at my house in a hour to give me the check. All I had to do was to give them a receipt for $350. I could take my winning check to a local bank and they would verify that the check was real and then I would give the people the receipt check.
    I contacted PCH and they told me that no one was in our area with checks – that it was a scan. I’m glad I checked. She took all the info and was going to turn it over the the authorities. Tell people to be aware of this. PCH is a legit business, but have people scamming for money

  3. I read a similar advice posted at If the call sounds suspicious, hang up. There’s no point putting up with them over the phone.

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