Are you a Victim of a Scam? Has your phone started ringing off the hook with phone numbers you don’t recognize? That’s because there are plenty of scam phone calls going around these days. If you are on the receiving end, like my husband and I are, you might be thinking there’s got to be a way to stop these harassing calls. How do you stop the Scammers Tricks?
What is a scammer you ask? A scammer is a person who will call you on the phone and try to force you into giving them money. You wouldn’t give money away unless you owed it to a bill right? How do you know if these phone calls are legit?
Do you fall for Scammers Tricks? Scammers will call and if you don’t answer, some will go so far as to leave an intimidating legit sounding voicemail. This voicemail will say they are a courier or some other kind of official title. It will also have the name of a contact person, a case number, YOUR last 4 numbers of your SS#, your license number and your address. They also leave a call back number and a time you can expect to see them at your home or job. Scary right? YES it is! Especially if you get a phone call like this about your child, like I did this morning!
Red Flags, Scammers Tricks are:
- NOT one debt collector or government official will call you and give you a warning that they are serving you papers. They just show up!
- IRS NEVER CALLS! They send you documents in the mail! PLUS the IRS does not threaten to have local law enforcement arrest you and throw you in jail if you don’t respond within 24 hours!
- Majority of the time these numbers come up as restricted! Again goes back to above, legit companies have no reason to hide their information.
- Double check the information given as it may be off by a number or 2.
As I said above, I received a call this morning, it came up as restricted, left a voicemail with my daughter’s correct last 4 SS#, and address, however after talking to her this morning, she said the license # was her EXPIRED State ID and it was incorrect! This call scared me! Why did it scare me? 1st of all this is a call giving me the information on my daughter! 2ndly I thought how easily this could turn into Identity Theft, which she doesn’t need! Yes I realized it was Scammers Tricks.
The call back number they left was 386-204-4720 and when you look it up you find that it’s a Florida number. It’s an IRS Scam! I found it on WhoCallsMe.us and research even further on KeywordDensityCheckerTool.net after scrolling down a bunch of phone numbers, I found the phone number belongs to Jaleesa Estus – Rosa Bella Vw, Debary, Florida! NO COMPANY!! I also went to the side FindWhoCallsYou.com on this site, you put the number in the search box and it will tell you if it has been marked as spam and what people have said about the number.
I have also received phone calls from the following numbers
573-309-4018 – Robo Call
619-659-7840 – Robo Call actually left a voicemail that it was the IRS http://findwhocallsyou.com/619-659-7840
443-710-8409 – Robo Call (caller ID had US Treasury!) Left voicemail http://findwhocallsyou.com/443-710-8409
I have call/SMS blockers on my cell phone, HIYA and Call Control! BOTH block calls! You can easily download them on your android phone via Google Play Store. If you are on iPhone, I’m sure there is an app for you as well.
Check out this funny video – she played with these scammers! LOL Thanks Kim!
Where to report them?
- Make reports to all 3 credit reporting bureaus (TransUnion, Equifax, Experian)
- File a compliant with the FBI
- File a complaint with the Consumer Complaints FCC
- Make a police report
- Call the attorney general office.
By doing the above, you are covered on all basis. Are you on the Do Not Call list? Guess what, that doesn’t work anymore!
Here are some safety tips to avoid ALL phone scams:
1.) Never give your information out! If you owe, they have your information! NEVER send cash, money orders or give out personal information such as credit card numbers and expiration dates, bank account numbers, dates of birth, or social security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons.
2.) Make a phone call to the company you supposedly owe to verify the information.
3.) Before you send money, ask yourself a simple question. “What guarantee do I have that this solicitor will use my money in the manner we agreed upon?”
4.) Be skeptical – Always take your time making a decision. Legitimate companies won’t pressure you to make a snap decision.
5.) If someone comes to your home claiming to be with a utility company, ask for identification. Do not let the person in your home. Utility workers do not accept any form of payment.
Remember, if something doesn’t seem right, it’s not right.
I wrote a similar post 4 years ago, check it out, as there’s other numbers and information.
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I’m a Gramma to a beautiful, funny, smart little girl who was born in July of 2014. She’s the joy of my family and I’m so very proud to be a gramma (an alternate spelling for grandma)! I am a coffee, music, movie and outdoor lover! I love festivals and concerts. Spending time with my family is the best time in my life. I love my blogging job and all it has given me.