ATLANTA, Georgia (WDEF) – The Attorney General of Georgia is warning about a phone scam where people pose as government officials.
Attorney General Chris Carr cites a robocall going around now that says they are calling from his office about “your case.”
You are instructed to press “1” or else.
Carr says the government doesn’t use robocalls.
“Scammers will sometimes impersonate government entities to add credibility to their scheme,” cautions Attorney General Carr. “We encourage citizens to learn the warning signs of these imposter scams so they don’t lose money or divulge personal or financial information to a fraudster.”
Here are some red flags to consider:
- Use of scare tactics, e.g. telling you a loved one is in danger, that your computer has been hacked or threatening arrest if you don’t act now.
- Asking you to pay with gift cards, money transfers or cryptocurrency
- Pressure to act immediately
- Being asked to pay money in order to receive a prize
- Get-rich-quick and other promises that sound too good to be true
- Promises to recover money you’ve lost in other scams, for a fee
The bottom line is if they contact you, don’t give them private information.
You can always look up the agency contact info online and get in touch with them directly, if you have doubts.
We also share a warning from one of our viewers about a similar scam she got.
Kim Thompson Patterson says her home has gotten several calls asking for social security numbers.
“May want to remind people not to fall for the scams, don’t give them any information at all. They are scammers. Same goes for the credit card calls.”