Alert Scams: August 2017

Reported by Security and Safety Operations Committee

Scammers impersonate the National Institutes of Health

by Cristina Miranda
Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC
Consumers are reporting another government imposter scam – this time the scammers are pretending to be calling from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). According to reports, callers are telling people they’ve been selected to receive a $14,000 grant from NIH. To get it, though, callers tell people to pay a fee through an iTunes or Green Dot card, or by giving their bank account number.

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Payments you didn’t authorize could be a scam

by Rosario Méndez

Usually, when I pay with a check, I write it out and sign it, or I direct my bank to send it on my behalf. But what if a check is drawn on my account but I didn’t write it, sign it, or tell my bank to send it? It can happen if someone has your bank account number: they can use your number to create a check that takes money out of your account. Now, if you’d already agreed to the charges, there’s no problem. But what if you didn’t? That means this check is part of a scam – which is what the FTC says happened in a case announced today.

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Scams affect all of us

by Jennifer Leach

How many of us get scam calls? Maybe it’s someone saying they’re the IRS. Or a debt collector. Or tech support. Or a so-called friend in so-called trouble. And they want you to send money. Sound familiar? All of us are targeted for scams. Every one of us. Which is why we created this video to make exactly that point – fraud really does affect all of us, in every community. And we all can do something about it.

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County issues fraud warning…

Gettysburg TIMES Vol. 115, No. 201 Thursday, August 24, 2017
Someone claiming to work for the county emergency services department recently
scammed a local person, according to a news release from the county commissioners
and the director of the Adams County Department of Emergency Services (ACDES).

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Adams County warns of credit card scam

Adams County residents should be aware there is a person posing as a Department of Emergency Services employee over the phone and seeking credit card information, according to a news release….

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August 23, 2017

The Adams County Board of Commissioners, and the Director, Adams County Department of Emergency Services, become aware today that a citizen in the Adams County area received a fraudulent phone call from a caller where the originator identified himself as an employee of the Adams County Department of Emergency Services.  In addition, the caller ID on the victim’s phone listed “The Adams County Department of Emergency Services” on the receiving telephone.  The individual asked information about the victim’s credit cards.

The County of Adams wants all persons to know that the Department of Emergency Services does not use caller IDs, and does not call residents soliciting credit card or other personal financial information.  Persons receiving calls of this type are encouraged to not divulge any financial or personal information, and to report any such calls to the local police department.

Please contact Warren Bladen, Director, Adams County Department of Emergency Services, with any questions you may have concerning this press release.  He may be contacted during business hours at 717-334-8603.  Thank you.

Wise giving in the wake of Hurricane Harvey

August 28, 2017 | by Colleen Tressler | Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

It’s heartbreaking to see people lose their lives, homes, and businesses to the ongoing flooding in Texas. But it’s despicable when scammers exploit such tragedies to appeal to your sense of generosity.

If you’re looking for a way to give, the FTC urges you to be cautious of potential charity scams. Do some research to ensure that your donation will go to a reputable organization that will use the money as promised.

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