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Scam Alerts

FTC Admits That Putting Your Number on the Do Not Call List Won’t Stop All Spam Calls

The National Do Not Call Registry seemed like a great idea when it was created and began to be enforced in October of 2003. However, it’s a well-known fact that putting your number on this list won’t exactly rid you from robocalls forever. In fact, the FTC states on its own website that, “placing your number on the National Do Not Call Registry will stop most telemarketing calls, but not all.”

In theory, the Do Not Call List stops unwanted calls by threatening companies with fines of up to $40,000 for calling numbers that are on the list. They are required to check the list every 31 days, and you can file a complaint if a company calls you after your number has been on this list for more than that time period. However, certain types of calls are actually completely exempt from abiding by the Do Not Call List.

Types of Calls that CANNOT be stopped by the Do Not Call List:

Here’s a run down of the calls that, according to the FTC’s website, are excluded from obeying the Do Not Call List:

Calls from political organizations
Calls made on behalf of political figures or organizations
Charities
Telephone surveyors
Now, getting the occasional call from a charity might be perfectly fine, but if you are like most people, you’ll find answering questions during a half-hour survey call is perfectly unbearable.

Fortunately, some call blockers have features that now allow you to block calls by type. For example, you can select “yes” for charities and “no” for survey calls, according to your personal preferences.

When is telemarketing illegal?

There are cases in which telemarketing is not only annoying, but it’s completely illegal. According to the FTC, callers must abide by these rules:

They can’t call anyone before 8 am or after 9 pm. (Too bad calling during dinner isn’t illegal)
They have to identify who they are and why they are calling right away
They must be honest about all the details about the goods or services they are offering and terms of sale, and they can’t leave any information out.
They can’t ask you to pay with money transfers (i.e. Money Gram, Western Union)
They can’t ask you to pay using gift cards or cash reload cards (you buy the card, they ask you for the PIN)
They can’t ask for your bank information to create a “remotely created payment order”.
If you get a call that does NOT abide by those rules, you can report it as an illegal call. If you have a call blocker installed, report it to the community members who also use your call blocker, if it has this function. This will keep those same illegal callers from reaching more people. In addition, block the number from reaching you again.

Breaking News: Scammers Are Now Impersonating the FTC Itself

Just when we thought things couldn’t get any worse, scammers are now pretending to be from the Federal Trade Commission, the very entity dedicated to protecting your privacy, identity, and online security.

The FTC will never call asking for money

The FTC issued a warning on February 15th, warning consumers not to send money to scammers posing as FTC employees. Scammers have coaxed people into giving up bank information by saying that they have won a prize, a grant, or a refund of some kind. Some callers have attempted to scare consumers by contacting them to say they owe the FTC money or that they have violated a certain policy.

The FTC assures consumers that they will never call or email someone to ask for payment. In fact, on occasion people are entitled to receive money from the FTC, in the form of refund checks for lawsuit cases. However, you will never be asked to send your banking information, or money, in order to receive such a check.

A 10 million dollar conspiracy

On February 8th, the United States Department of Justice announced that two U.S citizens living in Costa Rica have been convicted of wire fraud and international money laundering. Operating from a small call center in Costa Rica, Andrew Smith and Christopher Lee Griffin were able to steal about 10 million dollars by impersonating representatives of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.

Most of the money they stole belonged to senior citizens, who were convinced that Smith and Griffin were telling the truth when they said that they had won a sweepstakes prize. Some of these senior citizens continued to send money to Smith and Griffin only because the safety of their families was threatened. During a trial testimony, one woman said that a conspirator warned her that the criminals knew where she and her family lived.

The two scammers used various techniques to conceal their identity, one of them being “spoofing”, which makes a caller appear to be dialing from a place other than where he really is. Smith and Griffin’s calls appeared to be coming from Washington, D.C., where the FTC’s Headquarters are located.

FTC: Ignore and report these calls

The FTC urges consumers to ignore and block these types of calls and to report them. Obtaining a call blocker for your cell phone and home phone line that includes a community blocking system, in which users report numbers that have called them in order to help other users, is extremely useful in cases such as these.

IRS Scams Still Going Strong

The Sheriff’s Office in Manatee County, Florida received notice that people have been receiving tax scam phone calls again.

As April approaches and people start to prepare their tax returns, scammers are pretending to be the IRS once again. A woman in Bradenton, Florida was told that if she didn’t send the scammers $500 in gift cards, she would be arrested for tax fraud.

The woman actually fell for the scam. She headed to a local store, bought the gift cards, and gave the scammers the numbers on the cards so that they could redeem them.

The victim didn’t realize it was a scam until after she had already fallen for it. That’s when she decided to call the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

The agency sent out a warning to Florida residents on February 8th, 2018 through various newspapers and local news channels. They are urging people to protect themselves from scams.

New IRS Tax Refund Scam

Now scammers are making calls telling people that fraudulent refunds have shown up in their bank accounts, the IRS warned February 9th. Scammers then ask to have that money sent back to them. The IRS says that this can happen when scammers get a hold of someone’s banking information.

The IRS has continually stated that they will never contact anyone by phone. They will use the mail service to contact you if needed.

Protect Yourself!

You can protect yourself from phone scams in several ways. First, register your landline number and cell phone number on the FTC’s Do Not Call List. Then, download a free scam call blocker for your cell phone here. If you have an iPhone use this link.

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