Scam Alert: Voicemail spooks woman
April Moore thought she was in big trouble!
“I thought I was going to jail,” she said. “And I couldn’t figure out why I was going to jail.”
It was a message left by a stranger on her voicemail that scared her.
“This is intended for April Moore, case #RG135355. Ms. Moore, I was contacting you today in regards to an order that was submitted into my office this morning. Now I need to verify an address to present you with your formal claim at your residential place of employment. Now, Ms. Moore, you do have charges that were filed against you and at this point in time you have one opportunity to contact the firm handling your case to discuss the matter. Case number once again, it’s #RG135355. April Moore, you have officially been notified.”
The man, who never identifies himself, implied April had been charged with a crime.
April, who’s legally blind, contacted police and they assured her she’s not a fugitive.
OKC Police MSgt. Gary Knight said, “Any time our guys are going to call somebody that has charges against them, first and foremost, we’re going to identify ourselves.”
They’re also never going to ask you for cash or personal information.
“What we’re interested in as far as that person goes is being able to find them and get them off the streets,” Knight said.
April hopes police find the guy harassing her.
She said, “I’m letting everyone know this is a scam.”
Should you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be law enforcement, ask for their badge number and an office phone number so you can call them back to verify whether or not they’re the real deal.
If a scam artist targets you, hang up and report the incident to police.
The Federal Trade Commission urges victims of identity theft to act quick:
- Place a “Fraud Alert” on your credit reports and review those reports carefully.
The alert tells creditors to follow certain procedures before they open new accounts in your name or make changes to your existing accounts.
- Close the affected accounts.
Close any accounts that have been tampered with or fraudulently established.
- File a police report.
This is an essential step in claiming your rights.
- Report it to the FTC.
Your report helps law enforcement officials across the country in their investigations.