Phone scams becoming more common
MILWAUKEE - Have you gotten an odd phone call about problems with your credit card, or that you won money from Publishers Clearing House?
You are not alone. A number of phone scams are on the rise.
What are the tell tale signs that these calls may be a scam?
You receive a call about a problem with your credit card, and you need to push buttons on your phone, or provide your credit card information immediatetly.
Some of these scams can even happen at a hotel, wth a scammer pretending to be from the front desk.
Or, you get a call telling you that you won a contest, such as the Publishers Clearing House, and you need to wire money to receive your award.
Many of these calls are coming from outside of the country are designed to disturb or excite you into taking immediate action.
What should you do if you get one of these calls?
Most importantly, do not push buttons, nor release personal information without knowing for sure if the call is legitimate.
You can jot down names, phone numbers and details, but try not to play along. This could lead to more phone scams.
Hang up as soon as you can without playing into the scam.
Never wire money until you have thoroughly checked things out.
When you hear the words “wire money” it is almost always a scam.
Check things out by calling your card issuer at the number listed on the back of your credit card, or contacting consumer agencies to verify information.
If you or someone you know got tricked by one of these scams, what should you do?
If funds were wired, file a police report immediately and contact the company that you used to wire the money.
You may not be able to get the money back, but your information could be extremely helpful in shutting down these scammers from harming others.
Contact your card issuer immediately to shut down your card, and protect you against future losses.
Report the issue to consumer agencies.
Anyone can get duped by a scam artist, but do not be too ashamed or embarrassed to report the problem and ask for help.