Here comes the weekly report on scam calls for the time range from March 12 to March 18.
Weekly Scam Alerts
Government Agencies Imposing Scam Calls
Last week, a Great Bend Woman indicated government agencies imposing scam calls.
“It just felt it was really scary,” the Great Bend woman said. “It was a gentleman who identified himself as a Seargent for the Leavenworth Police Department.”
He told her she failed to show up to court this week to be a witness after being subpoenaed back in January. Morris said the call had a local area code and that he sounded convincing.
“We’re not going to call you over the phone and ask for any information like that. We’re not going to call you and ask for any money or demand payment of any bond or ticket,” said Dan Nicodemus, Deputy Police Chief Leavenworth Police Department.
“Southern Accent” Scam Calls
According to Jackson County Sheriff Gary Schuette, the call is from a person claiming to be from Sgt. Watson and Sgt. Huttenlocker, who tells callers that they have missed a court date or jury duty.
“No member of Law Enforcement will ever ask for payment over the phone, send gift cards, money, or checks to avoid arrest on any charges,” Schuette said. “Tell the scam caller that you are calling 911.”
by Jackson County Sheriff
Weekly Blocking Data by RealCall
Number of Scam Calls Blocked by RealCall
In the past week (March 12 to March 18), RealCall has blocked 449,044 suspicious calls for all users. Among all the blocked calls, 269,174 calls are blocked via RealCall Blocklist, 178,354 via RealCall VOIP number base and 1,516 via RealCall toll-free number base.
The Riskiest Days during a Week
During the latest week, scam calls come most on Friday when 86,392 scam calls were blocked in all, then come Thursday (845,82 scam calls blocked) and Wednesday (83,358 scam calls blocked).
So, keep on high alert for your calls and messages this week on Friday, Thursday and Wednesday!
Top Scam Call Type
In the latest week, scam calls impersonating government agencies are on the rise.
No government agencies ask for your personal information, bank account information or SSN on the phone and they never require you to buy a gift card (scammers favor gift cards sooooooo much), or prepaid card on the phone. So, next time when you receive suspicious calls, just hang up!
RealCall Tips to Avoid Scams
Remember the following scam-likely signs below to avoid most scams.
- If it sounds too good to be true, it often is.
- Not registered with the Attorney General’s Office
- Will NOT provide written information or references
- An investment without a risk
- Unresponsive to questions or too quick to answer by cutting you off
- Something for free
- Offer to send someone to your home or to overnight something
- Request a credit or debit card or any banking account information
- Immediate decision
- High-pressure sales or frequent calls