RYE, N.Y. -- The city Police Department has received a number of complaints regarding phone scams using tactics to gather personal information and/or money wire transfers from the prospective victims.
Listed below are a number of types of "spoofing scams." These callers all have what appears to be Caller ID from the supposed agencies:
- Con Edison – Turn off your gas/electric.
- IRS – Outstanding tax bill.
- Police agency – Regarding a pending arrest for DWI on a family member.
- Microsoft – Needs to update your computer software.
Residents are reminded to protect their personal information and be cautious of any caller phishing for your personal information. These scammers might have some of your information and even go as far as having a relative’s name.
The Police Department is urging residents to be cautious if they receive a call from an unknown party intimidating them into quickly giving personal information or sending money wire transfers. It is recommended people take names and phone numbers of all callers to verify their authenticity.
Residents can file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission at www.fcc.gov/complaints or call the Consumer Center at 888-CALL-FCC (888-225-5322). Contact the Rye Police Department at 914-967-1234 if you have any questions or would like to report an incident.
For more information, visit the FCC website at http://www.fcc.gov/guides/caller-id-and-spoofing.