How the scam works:
TTY stands for Teletypewriter and is a phone service intended to allow the hearing-impaired to communicate via telephone, relying on an operator who relays a typed message from the caller to the business.
By law, the operator is not allowed to disclose the origin of the call. Unfortunately, TTY scams are endless as well. Basically, all the scams that are listed under the Internet menu of our app could be pulled by TTY.
If you are an owner of a business, you are a potential victim. Just a quick example: you own an auto shop. The scammer calls you by TTY and says they heard only good things about your shop, maybe even that you are very good at fixing transmission systems. You like what you hear and ask them how you can help. They says they will have their expensive but broken car shipped to your shop and need you to fix its transmission system.
A few days later, they call back saying that the shipping company wouldn’t accept their credit card and offers to send you a check of, say $2,000, from which you could keep $500 as down payment and $1,500 to pay the shipper yourself.
How to avoid:
Just as in many other scams, any check you receive with an over-payment is a scam. When it comes to TTY, ask for the person’s full name, address, telephone number, the name of the issuing bank and its toll-free customer service number as printed on the back of all credit cards. Also, don’t be afraid to say you’ll call them back after checking with the bank. If they triy to change your mind, just hang up.
How to report:
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