Several callers reported unsolicited phone call notifying her they “won” a grant but had to pay a fee in order to collect it.
Others reported receiving calls from scammers claiming to be from the Federal Trade Commission, notifying them they won a lottery/sweepstakes but had to pay taxes and fees before she could collect the money.
BBB is also receiving reports from residents claiming they were receiving phone calls from Medicare requesting banking information or other private information to “update files” or “issue a new card.”
Then, there is always the FBI ransomware computer scam, where a virus, supposedly from the FBI, is placed on computers and the scammers then demand payment to restore use to the resident. In this case, people usually have to have the computer professionally repaired in order to remove the virus and regain use of their machine.
In all these cases, federal agencies do not operate in this manner.
For all of these scams, the details often change to a greater or lesser degree, but scammers are always after the same thing: money and private information to commit identity theft or fraud.
BBB offers the following tips to avoid these and similar scams:
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