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We’ve been warning you about scammers asking you to pay with gift cards or by wiring money. Scammers love getting you to pay that way because they can get your money fast and disappear. It’s almost as good as getting you to send cold, hard cash. Which must have occurred to them, too, because some scammers are now going low-tech and asking people to send cash in the mail. Sometimes they even tell people to divide the cash between pages of a magazine.

According to the FTC’s new Data Spotlight, people 70 and older are reporting losing cash to scammers who pretend to be a friend or family member in trouble. (You know the calls: “Grandma, I’m in jail. I need you to send me money for bail.” Or some variation on that theme). Here’s what the FTC is seeing from reports of friend and family scams:

  • People report losing $41 million in the last twelve months, versus $26 million the prior year.
  • One quarter of people 70 and older report paying scammers in cash.
  • People 70 and older who paid in cash report a median loss of $9,000. Compare that to all age groups, who report losing a median of $2,000 so far this year on these types of scams.

So what if you get one of these calls? No matter how alarming it seems, stop and check it out. Get off the phone and call the family member who’s supposed to be in trouble – using a number you know is right. Can’t reach them? Check with another friend or family member. And never, ever send cash by mail. (Or pay with a gift card. Or wire money to someone who demands it.)

And then tell the FTC.

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I have had two calls from “Microsoft “ company saying they have a refund to us for paying for Technical support. Their numbers given are 1-844-386-8577. Another also was given. 866-978-8560.

Same here! Don't respond ever no matter what and don't open there emails either that's another way for them to place a virus on your computer and than you have to call someone to fix your computer for hundreds or even thousand of dollars just to repair your computer. So all I do is DELETE without opening there emails or answering there calls.

Just been hacked and asking for payment in bit coin to stop any future mail of scandoulous nature
What do I do ?

It's all a SCAM!!!! Plain and simple, it's the holidays and people needing cash fast so they play these sick and twisted games and con hard working people out of there money even the elderly. DON'T GIVE IN TO THE HYPE!!!!

Do nothing. You have not been hacked. They got your e-mail address from somewhere and took a wild guess. I got the same kind of e-mail, they claim they have images from my webcam. I don't use a web cam.

I received an email that looks like it is received from my own email address. They said they hacked my router and have all my info. They said they saw I had been going to adult sights and see going to send all my friends pictures (which I don't go to adult sights). They want me to pay 762.00 in bitcoins. Did I really get hacked?

They said my grandson which I do not have was in jail. I said GOOD! They hung up before I could say, "He belongs there."

Confuse them, Say a few phrases in German or French and they hang up quick. I prank them when I have time.

I recently received an email message from a person on Linkin telling me about a Mystery Shopper opportunity. He attached a application link to SeeLevel Human Experience. I filled out the application and received a email from the company. I was assigned to purchase 2 gift cards from Apple Store and fill out a shopping survey assessment. One for $1300 and one for $1350. I was stupid enough to follow their directions and send a picture of the cards for proof of purchase. I am now finding out that the checks that were sent are fraudulent and I can be out of $2650.00. Terrible time to fall for a scam!!!

I've been reading FTC scam articles for years, but notice you have nothing on Twitter scams, which are a bit different.

I've been active on Twitter for 6 months, and had some serious scammers after me.

A guy posing as a gal in TN (he slipped up and called me "Dear") said the ITunes cards were all sold out and she was board with her phone, and could I help her buy a $50 card so she could download some music. 407-602-8375

A guy from a country half way across the world told me his daughter's birthday was "today" and wanted me to help him send money to her

The other scheme he tried on me was to give me an email address of a supposed business for me to write to, to have this guy's luggage sent to my house that had all sorts of valuable in it. He claimed there was zero risk in this for me.

Red flags here are: disclosure of my email address and my home address. I already have my city and state posted on Twitter, which makes me a bigger target.

Any time a call comes on my phone if not familiar with number or have not order any item or called myself it get delete and report to "Do not Call Registry". Please stay alert and not answer these calls and they will stop. No conversation and they will stop. I do not have a problem telling them I will report them.

I have unfortunately learned the hard way, don’t ever buy Google Play cards or any gift cards for a company. Real companies don’t ask you to do this!

watch out for emails from SSA saying want you to go to their site and log into your account to make sure your account is up to date .They want your personal info stating they won't send any forms to you any more to save paper work.I got an email and I deleted it knowing I can get my info I need it right from a phone call to SS.Or just wait for my bank statement and check what I am getting from ssa in the new year.I waited a few days and I received my ss statement right from SSA as usual so did a lot of others did that I know here.

I received a FB Message from what I thought was a family member telling me that my name was on a list to receive funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. The message said she had received hers and gave me an agent's phone number to contact. 567-200-0224. I did and the reply was that I was eligible to receive funds and gave me info to write down and keep safe. Then was told I needed to send either $500 in cash via UPS or send 5 iTunes cards of $100 each, sent separately, and the address would be provided once I have sent them a picture either of the funds or the gift card.
I gave address, age, etc. which are public knowledge. Do I just delete this whole thing because I'm not sending anybody money or does anyone want this conversation in order to investigate? Am I or my family in danger?

You could delete the message. You may want to contact the person whose name was used for the scam message. Their email account and address book may have been taken over to send out the scam messages. You can help people by talking about this - a lot of people get these scammy messages and some people get tricked into sending money.

got a call saying they were from Chase Bank representing PCH and that I had won a very large amount of money. That Brinks would be coming by my house with the check and an additional amount of cash, This is a scam. I checked it out on line at PCH site. They never contact their winners that way, beside the fact that I did not enter their sweepstakes.

Got a call saying that the government wanted to give me $9,000. I got randomly picked for paying bills on time and not getting in trouble with the law in the past 6 months. I knew it was a scam with there transaction department wanted me to purchase a Google play card as a Grant activation card to but the money on. The number that called me is 2028575695. The transaction department number is 3152888154.

Got a call saying that the government wanted to give me $9,000. I got randomly picked for paying bills on time and not getting in trouble with the law in the past 6 months. I knew it was a scam with there transaction department wanted me to purchase a Google play card as a Grant activation card to but the money on. The number that called me is 2028575695. The transaction department number is 3152888154.

Just got scammed out of $600.00. Thought I was getting a message from a friend on Messenger. When asked for more money I called my friend and was informed that she had been hacked. Scammers using phone number 919-446-5124.

NEVER under any circumstances answer your phone to numbers you do not know or open emails from addressees you do not know. Set your email to show the first 3 lines of the message and if you have no idea what the message is about at that point...delete it. All reputable companies (banks, IRS, Social Security, and etc) will contact you through the mail. Do not let your curiosity get the best of you thinking a call or email message might be serious. Scammers are getting better at coming up with ways to get your hard earned money. DO NOT give money to ANY source before undoubtly knowing you are NOT being scammed. My mother was scammed for at least 3 years for over $160,000 because they convinced her she would receive $26 million after she paid the upfront taxes. They posed as the IRS. My mother worked as a tax consultant for over 20 years and she knew very well the IRS never contacts you via a phone call. She was in her late 80s and they still got her. They can get to any of us if we don't watch out. If you receive a phone call from a number you do not know and they are legit in needing to talk to you, the person/company will leave a bona-fide message. You can always contact the person/agency/company to verify legitimacy.

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