Be careful when you answer your phone, there are numerous different types of fake call scams where you may be threatened with legal action. For this reason alone, it might be a good idea not to answer the phone if you do not recognize the number, or if the number is not shown on your phone. These evil phone scammers have taken millions from people, even from those who had done no wrongs. The ones I have experienced use fear based tactics in an effort to control and manipulate you into giving them information that they can use against you. They try to make you feel as if you have done something wrong, (whether you have or not). So before answering any questions from any caller that you do not know, first find out who they are, and then analyze what they say or ask carefully.
These fraudulent callers are highly aggressive and will even curse at you if they are unable to manipulate you with their standard fear based threats. The first one I experienced started by attempting to associate me with a first and last name. When I did not comply, they continued their call scam as if I was the person that they had named. They are well rehearsed, as if they been specifically trained to scare you into a defensive frightful mode where they can more easily control you and the conversation. As I was listening to it, I was thinking, “what is this person talking about”? But then as I continued to listen I suspected what the person was trying to do, so I hung up the phone. However, to be sure I did not have any stolen identity issues, I did a quick credit check from annualcreditreport.com. This is a site where you can get your free yearly credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.
Based on this fake call scam I decided to begin screening all my calls, and these call scammers called back within a couple of days. They left a message that just about had my wife worried sick, until I told her it was a scam. The message they will leave on your answering machine or with your answering service is again intended to scare and manipulate you with fear to the point where you are actually intimidated by their call. I do not recall their exact words, but at the end they do threaten to pursue legal action in your area if they are unable to resolve this issue with you. They are trying to get you to call them back, knowing that if you do, you are most likely already intimidated by their message. Once they get you on the phone they begin to ask you questions to get more information “out of you” that they can use against you.
I have not personally called them back, however I have spoken with a family member who had this happen. The fake agency like callers first go after your first and last name, and then go into their scam on how you owe money and that they will pursue the manner legally if you do not comply. Well, my family member told them it was not her and to not call again. At that point, the phone scammer, a man, began cussing at her calling her a little bitch, at which point she hung up the phone. However, she is still getting calls from these kinds of phone call scam frauds. Which leads me to the things you can do about this.
The FTC obtained a U.S. District Court order to halt one such call scam operation. According to the FTC, the callers operated under fictitious names that implied an affiliation with a law firm or a law enforcement agency. According to the complaint, these phone call scammers used robocalls, voice messages, and threatened legal actions, including arrests against it’s victims. The scam callers threats included the garnishing of a person’s pay check or bank account, facing felony fraud charges, appear in court thousands of miles from their homes, or they would be arrested at their workplace. In some cases the callers threatened physical violence if they refused to pay. In other cases, the scam callers even resorted to harassment of the victim’s relatives, friends, and employers.
These fraudsters would instruct their victims to fax a statement agreeing to pay a certain dollar amount, on a specific date, via prepaid credit card. Included in these statements, are declarations that the victim would never dispute the debt. Many such victims have paid money they did not owe in fear of repercussions or in an attempt to stop the harassment. The scam callers have scammed their victims of millions of dollars in payments for phantom debts, and have nearly 3,000 complaints submitted to the FTC. If you are called by scam artists such as these, the FBI suggests that you contact your banking institutions, contact the three major credit bureaus and request an alert be put on your file; contact your local law enforcement agencies if you feel you are in immediate danger; and file a complaint at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov or by calling 877-382-4357.
I personally have had 2 of these types of scam artists attempt to get over on me and I got tired of hearing their messages. And really tired of them scaring my wife. So, I first contacted my telephone provider, COX, who wanted to charge me $15 a month for call blocking services. This set me off on a internet search for a phone that had call blocking capabilities, and to my delight technology has advanced to that point. I found and ordered a Panasonic phone with call blocking from Amazon. When a caller who is set to be blocked calls the phone only rings one time, and then hangs up. I hope this helps you to avoid being tricked by some deceptive fraudsters that are not part of the U.S. Government.