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SCAMS, FRAUD, and ROBOCALLS

 

SCAMS AND FRAUD

To report scams or find out if something could be a scam, call the Maryland Attorney General’s Consumer Hotline 410-528-8662 or toll-free 1-888-743-0023.

For identity theft information and assistance, contact Maryland Attorney General’s Identity Theft Unit at 1-410-576-6491.

To stop receiving pre-approved credit card offers, call 1-888-567-8688 or go online to optoutprescreen.com.

To register your phone number on the Do Not Call List, call the FTC at 1-888-382-1222 or go to donotcall.gov.

Report IRS scams to the following:

                  US Treasury Department 1-800-366-4484

                  Federal Trade Commission 1-877-FTC-HELP

For more information on scams, fraud, identity theft etc. and how to protect yourself or get help, see the 35-page booklet from the MD Attorney General's Office, Consumer Guide for Marylanders.  If you'd like a free print copy, request one by calling 410-576-6500 or toll-free 1-888-743-0023.  

ROBOCALLS

To block robocalls on some landlines, for free, register on nomorobo.com.
  Also available on cells for a monthly fee. 

To activate “anonymous call rejection service,” dial *77 on your phone.  Check with your phone provider to confirm they offer this feature.


To list your phones on the National Do Not Call Registry - donotcall.gov/

 
TIPS for dealing with robocalls:

•If you answer a robocall that invites you to press a number to opt out, don’t do it!  That will verify that yours is a working number and can leave you vulnerable to receiving more calls.


•If a caller asks, “Can you hear me?”, do NOT answer “Yes.”  The caller can record your voice signature and use it to authorize fraudulent charges by telephone.


•If a caller claims to be from the IRS or Social Security and says you owe money, do NOT respond.


For more info see:

Robocalls, and Their Scams, Are Surging" by Tara Siegel Barnard, New York Times, May 6, 2018.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/06/your-money/robocalls-rise-illegal.html


“Robocalls Flooding Your Cellphone? Here’s How to Stop Them” by Christopher Mele, New York Times, May 11, 2017.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/smarter-living/stop-robocalls.html