Delaware Attorney General Warns of Telephone Scams
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP/WBOC)- Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden is warning of a rising number of telephone scams targeting the elderly.
Biden's office warned Monday of two recent scams featuring unsolicited phone calls that could put consumers at risk of fraud.
In the first scam, consumers have been receiving phone calls from people claiming to be local police or federal agents. The caller says the consumer has unpaid parking fines or traffic tickets and threatens them with jail in order to obtain personal data and credit card information. The callers also use "caller ID spoofing" to appear to be legitimate government officials.
Biden says government agencies do not call people to collect fines.
In a separate scam, consumers have received calls from people claiming to represent computer companies, warning of viruses that can be detected for a fee. After obtaining the consumer’s credit or debit card information over the phone, the scammer directs them to log into a secure website from their computer in order to initiate the repair. However, by logging into the site, the scammer remotely infects the consumer’s computer with a virus that collects personal data in order to commit identity fraud, plagues the machine with viruses, and crashes the computer.
Delawareans who receive the unsolicited phone calls or other communications reported above, or other messages that they believe may be a scam should report those communications to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-220-5424 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Delawareans who suspect that they have provided their bank card information to a scammer should immediately contact their financial institution.