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15
Jan
2019
Threatening Voicemail Scams

Threatening Voicemail Scams

Lately, an upsetting scam has gone viral, fooling individuals left and right about past due fines held against oneself. Posing as official law enforcement officers, these scammers have been known to target those who are most vulnerable, such as the elderly, recently widowed individuals, or newly arrived immigrants.

 How the voicemail scam works:

                It has been reported that these voicemail threats sound very legitimate. They typically spread a message related to the following;

“You will be taken under custody by the local police, as there are four serious allegations pressed on your name at this moment. We request you get back to us so that we can discuss this case before taking any legal action against you.”

The message also contains a contact phone number that is familiar to your specific area. Calls like this can be alarming! This scam has been exposed to various police departments, and officers claim that it is becoming more widespread, occurring on a daily basis.

What you should Know:

                Police department urge you to exercise extreme caution when receiving this type of voicemail threat. DO NOT call back and give the requesting individual any personal information, as they may ask for passport details, date of birth, or banking information. The scam is designed to scare you into handing over your money without seeking any further assistance or information. If the scam is sent by email, it is likely to include an attachment or link to a fake website where you will be asked to download proof of the “bill, fine, or delivery details.” Opening the attachment or downloading the fil could infect your computer with malware. Law enforcement agencies will never call you personally to collect money. DO NOT send money to anyone you don’t know and make sure your friends and family are aware of the scam as well to help prevent them from becoming victims.

 

If you want to read more security tips or you have any questions vistit the navitend blog website or feel free to call us at 973-448-0070

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