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Feb 10

Scam Tracker now local

scam tracker map

Scam Tracker allows people to report scams. Now, it’s tracking the local trends. By clicking on the map, people will now be able to see scam trends being reported to Better Business Bureau right in their neighborhood.

A quick look at trending scams around here:

1. Tax collection aka IRS scam-people are reporting to Scam Tracker threatening messages from the “US Treasury.” Many say the person calling says his name is “Steve Martin.” Remember, the IRS will never call you.

2. Tech support- also, people are reporting on Scam Tracker that someone calls saying there is a problem with their computer. If a message pops up on your computer, turn it off and call a reputable computer repair company. Do not give the scammer any access to your computer.

3. Debt collection-caller tells you that you owe a debt. Some report being threatened with court action or arrest.

Remember, debt collectors may not:

  • Use threats of violence or harm against the person, property, or reputation

  • Publish a list of people who refuse to pay their debts (except to a credit bureau)

  • Use obscene or profane language

  • Use phone calls to repeatedly harass you

  • Fail to identify themselves on the telephone Advertise your debt

  • Threaten arrest if you do not pay your debt

  • Say they will take things from your or garnish your wages

  • Say a lawsuit is being filed if it isn’t

  • Collect any amount more than what you owe

    Deposit a post-dated check prematurely

  • Use false statements when collecting a debt.

More information on debt collection can be found here.

Here are the Top 10 Scams of 2015. All of the information was collected from Scam Tracker. You can use it as a reference if you get a weird phone call or email that you think is a scam, please report it to us by clicking here. 

Top Scams 2015

 

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2 comments

  1. Donna Andrus

    I am not sure how to report a scam, but would someone with a very strong accent call to tell you the Federal Gov’t picked my name and email along with 1699 others to receive a cash grant for $9000.00 dollars that does not have to be repaid. Can receive cash, MasterCard, or visa, but when I asked for a Master Card the man didn’t seem to understand, didn’t I want it direct deposit to my account, or my card? I then hung up the phone. They called again about two hours later, and lost connection after the first two minutes. Maybe it is real? Telephone number that appeared on my cell phone for this call; 202-876-3452

    1. John Siller

      Hi Donna,

      Thanks for commenting, this is exactly the information we hope people share regarding scams. Can you please post this to our Scam Tracker? You can get there using the following link: https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker/upstate-new-york.
      Thank you!

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