Phone Scams

Phone scams have only become more sophisticated over time, with new technologies and the relative lack of regulatory protection of cell phone numbers compared to landlines.

Scam phone numbers are one of the most common forms, as scam operations will use spoofing technology to generate a false phone number that you might trust, as opposed to a phone number you definitely won’t. 

Senior phone scams are prevalent, targeting elders with tempting benefits in exchange for personal information. Luckily, you can now stop robocalls easily – see HERE how.

 

Phone Scams: List Below

Phone scams involving the IRS and tax refunds are also common. Anyone calling from the IRS is not from the IRS; they only send letters.

Robocalling and many other phone scams are out there. Learn about what they are and how they operate below.

Ringtone Download

Cell Phone Ringtone Download Scam: How It Works You receive a text message inviting you to download a new ringtone. It could be a fashionable theme song or a tone tailored to recent world events, such as a famous quote, sound, or modern catchy beat. Alternatively, you might be invited to call a toll-free telephone number to […]

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Kidnapped Relative Scam

How the scam works: This would have probably seemed exaggerated a couple of years ago, but because 2011 recorded an 800% increase from 2009 in this scam, we thought it was worth mentioning. Victims receive phone calls from strangers demanding ransom for their relative who is visiting Singapore (or any other exotic place such as Jamaica, Cambodia, […]

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Somebody Hit Your Car

How the scam works: This is another scam that you might consider too easy to detect, but seniors usually don’t. The scammers call their victims and have an approach similar to this: “Sorry to bother you. Today I hit your car by mistake and I want to be honest. I don’t want police coming after […]

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Sticker for Traffic Tickets

Traffic Ticket Sticker Scam: How It Works Scammers call claiming to be from the local Department of Public Safety (DPS) or a similar organization in your state or country – eg. Public Safety Canada, Public Safety and Law (Australia) or UK Public Safety Dept. They are calling to say the organization is now offering a […]

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Submit Corporate Minutes

How the scam works: This scam occurs regularly in states where corporations are required by law to submit annual reports. It could come your way via telephone or…lime-green envelopes. Scenario 1. Scammers call companies claiming to be government representatives and inquire about the submission of corporate minutes, sometimes using the expression “Compliance services”. Not knowing […]

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Telephone Line Technician

How the scam works: You might receive a phone call from somebody claiming to be a technician with your telephone line provider. He will say they are running a test for a given reason and require you to cooperate, for a minute or so. The caller will ask you to press a couple of keys […]

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TTY Scams

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 […]

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Wrong Number Voicemail

How the scam works: (with video below) Wouldn’t it be great if one day we just get the right phone call, with some really great news? Well, beware of the Wrong Voicemail scam, happening these days. How does the scam work? Watch the video below to see in action the Wrong Voicemail Scam exposed: Wrong […]

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Yellow Pages/411CanPages

How the scam works: Using the Yellow Pages’ logo and a fake registration form, scammers are trying to sell fake ads in the trusted publication. First, they approach all the businesses by phone, and whoever might be interested will receive a follow-up email with the form and some great deals. The crooks take the client’s […]

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Your Employee is in Jail

How the scam works: You run a small business.Your workers are like family and you’d hate to hear of anything happening to them. One day, you receive a call from a sergeant with the local police. He tells you your employee Stephen Grayson is in custody for driving under the influence. He’s a young guy, […]

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Jamaican Area Codes

How the scam works: If you are a US citizen, be very careful when you are required to call certain numbers, in order to complete a deal, transaction, or redeem a prize. As close as these might sound to US area codes, numbers like 809, 876, or 284 are actually the Caribbean. The whole scam […]

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Jury Duty Absence

Missing Jury Duty Scam: How It Works What happens if you miss jury duty? A lot of bad things, indeed, if you are familiar with the legislation. However, beware of a new scam circulating via email and phone call, addressing the issue of ignoring jury summons. Beware, the Missing Jury Duty Scam is prevalent these […]

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Living in Mexico

How The Living in Mexico Scam Works: Scammers target North-American citizens living in Mexico by looking in the phone book. Once they have formulated a list, they will do in-depth research and find out the victims’ info, such as the names of their best friends, nicknames, former clients, etc. Most of the details are collected from […]

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International Calling Cards Fraud

International Calling Call Cards Fraud: How It Works You probably don’t use international calling cards much, since technology now allows us to make long distance calls through computers or mobile apps. However, if you consider buying an interneational calling card, you want to know that some reports show that the average prepaid cards offer only […]

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Lower Interest Rate

Lower Interest Rate Scam: How It Works (with recording of a real scammer below) The phone rings. You answer. An automated voice mentions the burden of high-interest rates and asks if you’re interested in a lower interest rate for your credit card or mortgage. If you are, you are required to “press 1”, or any […]

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Microsoft Tech Support

Microsoft Tech Scam aka Free Security Check: How It Works (with scam caught on camera video below) The growing number of computers per household all over the world has offered scammers a variety of fraud ideas. One of the latest telephone scams reveals criminals calling house numbers, claiming to be Microsoft technicians providing “free security […]

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