Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs is warning Tennessee consumers to be wary of mystery shopper scams.
Sometimes retailers hire consumers to secretly evaluate their stores’ customer service – a practice commonly known as “mystery shopping,” or “secret shopping.” But unscrupulous mystery shopping scams can leave consumers holding the bag. In Tennessee, the Division of Consumer Affairs has fielded four consumer complaints since July 2014 related to mystery shopping scams.
Nashville, TN – Your phone rings, you check the caller’s number and discover the number dialing your phone belongs to you.
This unusual scenario isn’t your phone’s fault. Instead, it’s a ploy known as ID Spoofing, and it’s a trick perpetrated by criminals using Caller ID cloaking technology to mask their real phone numbers.
After disguising their real numbers, scammers can cause a consumer’s own phone number (or the phone number of a loved one) to appear on your phone’s Caller ID. «Read the rest of this article»
Montgomery County, TN – Reports of scammers purporting to be employees of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office continue to come in.
In one report, the victim said he received a call from someone claiming to be Lt. Davis with the MCSO and was told he had a warrant out for his arrest.
He was told that if he paid $996.00, the charge would go away. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – In today’s society, almost anyone could be sued at any point in time, and that’s what makes a malicious malware scam so effective. Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns business and consumers to watch out for fake emails that summons you for a court appearance. If you’ve received an email stating that you are supposed to appear to court, delete it immediately.
Some scams pop up repeatedly, each time with a different twist. How do you know the summons is a fake? Courts don’t send summons via email. Legitimate court appearance notices are routinely delivered via the U.S. Postal Service, Sheriffs Department or by a process server, never by e-mail or phone calls from someone identifying them self as a court official.
Clarksville, TN – Our Clarksville-Montgomery County E-911 Center has been receiving calls from Clarksville citizens stating that they have been called by a scammer whose caller ID shows up as the 911 Center. The scammer is instructing citizens to send some type of payment.
The Assistant Director at the E-911 Center wants to clarify that no one from the 911 Center will call to solicit any type of payment from citizens. This is all the information we have on this scam at this time. There may be more details to pass along later.
Montgomery County, TN – The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has received reports that several citizens have been contacted by someone purporting to be with the Internal Revenue Service in an effort to defraud them.
Since we are currently in tax season, many more citizens may be contacted by someone saying that they are with the Internal Revenue Service.
Across the country, citizens have been called by scammers using common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
Clarksville, TN – CDE Lightband has recently seen an increase in customer calls reporting that they have been targeted by a scammer, with local businesses being hit especially hard.
Scammers are calling CDE Lightband customers and attempting to convince them that power will be disconnected unless payment is made on the account immediately. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – You better watch out, we can tell you why.
Schemers and scammers are lurking about….ready to trick you with their schemes.
While Santa is making his list and checking it twice, BBB warns consumers to be on the look out for the following 2014 holiday schemes.
Gift Card Schemes – Purchasing gift cards is one of the easiest ways to show your loved ones how much you care during the holidays. It’s also one of the easiest ways scammers can steal gift money long before you ever spend it. «Read the rest of this article»
Montgomery County, TN – Scammers are once again targeting residents of Montgomery County, purporting to be officials of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
Sgt. Steve Heise said the MCSO has received several complaints from victims who were told they had outstanding warrants, sometimes for failure to appear for jury duty.
“The subject will then ask the victim to put $1,000 on a Green Dot card and then give them the number over the phone, or they will be immediately arrested,” Heise said. «Read the rest of this article»
Washington, D.C. – The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS.
Based on the 90,000 complaints that TIGTA has received through its telephone hotline, to date, TIGTA has identified approximately 1,100 victims who have lost an estimated $5 million from these scams. «Read the rest of this article»
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