On-Going Scams across the Country

  • HMRC warns tax payers of the latest phishing scams email phishing scams offer tax rebates to those that prove credit card information.
  • One Ring Calls- The scammer calls someones cell phone and let's it ring once, then they hang up. When the person calls back they are actually calling an international number; however the person does not know it is an international number because scammers call from Caribbean Countries. These Caribbean Countries have the same 3 digit area codes as the United States.
  • After calling the number back, they put you on hold and you will have to pay expensive international phone call fees.

Netflix Phishing Scam

The scam is initiated by a popup that appears when trying to login to Netflix, and tries to trick users into thinking their account has been hacked. If you happened to call the "Member Services" number- the one tried was disconnected. Someone from support explains that your Netflix account has been hijacked by an overseas hacker.

Phone and Utility phishing scam

A new email phishing scam making the rounds nationwide is disguised as a utility bill. The email message provides a link "view your recent bill", but clicking the link will instead prompt the download of malware, which will infect your computer. Malware is software used to disrupt computer operation and gather sensitive information.

While phishing scams come in many different forms, the defense is the same. Delete these emails and do not click on any links in them or open any attachments.

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