Please Be On Alert: New Law Enforcement Scam

Numerous agents have reported a scam phone call in which a person pretends to be a law enforcement official and states that if they do not pay a "bond," they will be arrested on a federal charge.  The scammer asks for personal info including social security and account numbers.  The scammer also directs them to get a "green dot" or other means to pay the bond.  Please be on alert and follow the recommended tips below:

  • Report telephone scams to the Federal Trade Commission, either online or by phone at 1-877-382-4357. This is the primary government agency that collects scam complaints.
  • Report all robocalls and unwanted telemarketing calls to the Do Not Call Registry.
  • Report caller ID spoofing to the Federal Communications Commission either online or by phone at 1-888-225-5322.

Register your phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry. You may register online or by calling 1-888-382-1222. If you still receive telemarketing calls after registering, there’s a good chance that the calls are scams.

DO's

  • Be wary of callers claiming that you’ve won a prize or vacation package.
  • Hang up on suspicious phone calls.
  • Be cautious of caller ID. Scammers can change the phone number that shows up on your caller ID screen. This is called “spoofing.”
  • Research business opportunities, charities, or travel packages separately from the information the caller has provided.

DON'Ts

  • Don’t give in to pressure to take immediate action.
  • Don’t say anything if a caller starts the call asking, “Can you hear me?” This is a common tactic for scammers to record you saying “yes.” Scammers record your “yes” response to use as proof that you agreed to a purchase or credit card charge.
  • Don’t provide your credit card number, bank account information, or other personal information to a caller.
  • Don’t send money if the caller tells you to wire money or pay with a prepaid debit card.