Don’t Be A Victim: Protecting Yourself from Caller ID Scams
- Threatening calls from the IRS
- Technical support calls
- Fake charity appeals
- Lottery scams
- Family members in danger
- Bank fraud calls
- Insurance, health care, and debt scams
- Website password requests
- Fake customer requests
- Other urgent requests
- Do not answer calls from numbers you do not recognize. Let unsolicited calls go to your voicemail.
- If you answer and you are asked to hit a button to stop getting such calls, hang up. Scammers often use this trick to identify potential targets.
- Do not give out any personal information, even if they already seem to know a lot about you.
- If you get a call from someone claiming to be a representative from a government agency or company, hang up and call the number on a recent statement, in the phonebook, or on their official website to verify the authenticity of the call.
- Be extremely cautious if you are being pressured for immediate payment. According to the FCC, “You will usually get a written statement in the mail before you get a phone call from a legitimate source.”
- Ask your phone company about call blocking tools for landlines or apps for mobile devices.
- Report spoofing scams to law enforcement, the FCC, and the FTC.
Federal Communications Commission
Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20554
Federal Trade Commission
Consumer Response Center
600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20580
TY: (866) 653-4261www.ic3.gov to file a complaint with the FBI, and visit www.bbb.org/scamtracker to report a scam with the BBB. If you lost money to a criminal scam, you should report the matter to your local and federal law enforcement officials. These agencies have the authority to investigate criminal acts. For more information, or to file a complaint, contact the Office of Georgia’s Attorney General.
Office of Attorney General
40 Capitol Square, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
(404) email@example.com) and type “Spoofed” in the subject line.
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