May 23, 2014 – The Week in Phone Fraud

This week in Phone Fraud news saw coverage around the popular IRS and Green-Dot Scams.

On Thursday the Idaho-based Coeur D’ Alene Press covered the spread of the IRS scam in their region. A staff writer for the publication provided some detail into the attack, describing how one man with a heavy accent called a potential victim, claiming that he was an IRS agent and that she was behind on her taxes. The would-be victim was not to be swindled though, and simply asked him to send her a letter, and promptly hung up. Nicely done, madam.

On Monday, the popular Green-Dot phone scam spread to Nebraska, according to an online post from KHAS 5 TV. It’s emergence forced Nebraska Public Power District officials to warn customers of phone calls from someone claiming to work with the utility threatening to disconnect services if the customer does not make an immediate payment through a prepaid card or online payment service like PayPal or Green-Dot.

Full Breakdown of This Week’s Phone Fraud News

Coeur D’ Alene Press: Don’t be Fooled by Fake IRS agents – May 22, 2014

NBC 15 (Wisconsin): SCAM ALERT: IRS Phone Scam – May 22, 2014

WBOC: Rehoboth Beach Business the Latest Target in Phone Scam – May 21, 2014

North Country Now: Massena police chief and Massena Electric warn of ongoing phone scam – May 21, 2014

In Cumbria: Penrith tech firm joins alliance to help combat phone fraud – May 20, 2014

Fresno Bee: Madera County sheriff issues fraud alerts – May 20, 2014

KHAS 5 TV (Nebraska): NPPD warns customers of phone scam – May 19, 2014

Salisbury Journal: Warning over phone scam – May 19, 2014