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.

 

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.

Free Gift Delivery

Free Gift Delivery Scam: How It Works (with video below) You receive a voicemail or letter in the mail informing you that you’ve won a free gift for being part of some well-known association (e.g. Red Cross). The gift isn’t bad, either: it could be a couple free nights at a five star hotel in New York … Free Gift Delivery Read More »

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Funeral Home Balance

How the scam works: You are going through a rough time after losing one of your family members. The funeral was yesterday and today you are trying to clean everything up and start dealing with various arrangements. The phone rings: “Hi Mrs. Smith, I am Aidan Luciw, from the funeral home. Sorry to bother you, … Funeral Home Balance Read More »

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Grandparents Call

Grandmother Scam: How It Works (with video below) Picture this: your 90-year old grandmother receives a phone call, which goes like this: “Hi Grandma, it’s me!” She tries to recognize the voice and says: “… Paul?” “Of course! I have a big problem, Grandma.” “What’s wrong, sweetie?” “I got in a bit of trouble, but please … Grandparents Call Read More »

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Health Official Inspection

How The Health Inspection Scam Works: If you own a restaurant or any other business that sells food, you are a potential target of scammers who call and recommend themselves as health inspectors from the national authority that deals with food quality control. Depending on your country, state or province, these could be FSIS – … Health Official Inspection Read More »

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Air Miles/WestJet/Expedia Fake Points

Frequent Flyer Rewards Scam: How It Works (with video below) Who wouldn’t like more points and rewards with loyalty programs such as Delta SkyMiles, American AAdvantage, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Air Miles, Aeroplan, British Airways oneworld, Qantas or JetBlue TruBlue? If you are an avid traveler, you know all these and how to accumulate more to … Air Miles/WestJet/Expedia Fake Points Read More »

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Civic Recognition Award Scam

Civic Recognition Award Scam: How It Works (with video below) Imagine this scenario: You receive a congratulatory phone call or an email from somebody who works in your industry. You are told that you just won a “Civic Recognition Award”, or an honorary title related to your industry. They have found your business on Facebook, … Civic Recognition Award Scam Read More »

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