Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Columbia Police Department reports phone scam

Reported from CPD January 13, 2016

The Columbia Police Department has received multiple phone calls this morning about an IRS phone scam that has been plaguing city residents. The caller impersonates an employee with the IRS and states a lawsuit has been filed against the victim. The caller attempts to gain personal and financial information from the victim to "settle the lawsuit." Calls are being received from at least one phone number identified as 346-303-9917. In some instances the caller is leaving a voicemail asking victims to "call immediately" in reference to the lawsuit. Note, government agencies do not telephone citizens asking for payment with debit, credit or green dot cards. 

Here are some safety tips:

1.) NEVER give out personal information such as credit card numbers and expiration dates, bank account numbers, dates of birth, or social security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons.
2.) If you call the number back that called you to verify the information and a recording picks up not stating the name of the company, this is a scam.
3.) Make a phone call to verify the information. A thirty second phone call can save you money.
4.) If something doesn’t seem right, it’s not right.

If you have information about a fraud, report it to your local law enforcement agency.

See original posting here.
Source: Columbia Missouri Police Department, Facebook

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