Over 84,000 people were victims of phone scams last year according to the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Report. Currently, callers are impersonating two trustworthy organizations in an attempt to steal money and personal information from consumers.
1) BBB Lottery Scam – Individuals claiming to represent BBB call claiming you have won a lottery. In order to receive your prize, you must wire money to cover taxes and fees. In some cases, the scammers use the names of real BBB employees and direct you to legitimate BBB employee profiles on BBB’s website.
Avoid Becoming a Victim: BBB does not run any kind of lottery for consumers. BBB employees only contact consumers if they have filed a complaint or have left a message requesting BBB’s assistance.
2) DPS Red Light Scam – Callers claiming to be from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will call and demand payment on an outstanding ticket you received for running a red light. The caller claims to have proof through a traffic safety camera. In order to avoid an arrest warrant, you must provide a credit card number, Social Security number and other personal information.
Avoid Becoming a Victim: If you are caught by a traffic camera running a red light, you will be mailed a citation along with photographic evidence. Additionally, DPS does not collect traffic fines or oversee red light cameras.
Let us know if you ever receive phone calls like these. It’s the best way you can help us get the word out!