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Victim Location 06905
Total money lost $70,000
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My mother (80) received info from a friend on Facebook that said she received a lot of money after making an initial investment. My mother thought since her friend has won, maybe she would as well.

"They" indeed said she was a lucky winner and that if she gave them a certain amount, she would receive a "package" with more than her initial investment. This started out back in Nov. 2017. Since then, they have received over $40,000+ in ITunes cards and an additional $30,000+ in Western Union and TD Bank Deposits. They requested her account information, (which she provided) and a copy of her credit card (also provided).

To date, they are still texting her stating if she makes one last payment, she will get her "package". They have even tried scaring her by sending her pictures of her house (which we, my sister and I know they were taken from Google maps). My sister went to put a fraud alert on the account from TD Bank, and they (the scammers) know this was done.

We have all the paperwork, information, on where the money was sent, receipts, account number, names but it is all on her cell phone in text form and I have tried endlessly to retrieve with no luck.

Since they are still contacting her, I am afraid they will try to harm her in some sort of a way. Please reach out to me as soon as you can, I am very afraid for her since she lives alone and we now feel she has cognitive issues with how she trusts. Thank you!. I have attached a copy of what I have sent to the FBI.

Victim Location 79403
Type of a scam Government Grant

Happened two different times, two nights in a row. I received Messenger invitations from friends on my Facebook account. I keep my Facebook security level where only my FB friends can see my information, photos or posts. My two friends did not. I clicked on their invitations to chat on Messenger (forgetting that they had already connected with me on Messenger a few years ago). This happened late in the evening local time, about 11:00 PM on both occasions. Both times the message started with "Hello. How are you doing?" I and then launched into a long message like "Have you heard about the new federal grant to help people with disabilities, old people, sick people, people with mortgages.." etc. etc., and then went on about this $75,000.00 available for free (yep, I knew for sure then) that you do not have to pay back. You just require the messenger's assistance to obtain this money the very next day by special delivery. LOL. Mr. such and such will assist you. That's as far as I let it go, but I am sure the next step would have been to send this Mr. such and such a money order or check, or give him your bank account details. I ended the first conversation at that point and reported it to Facebook via the app. the next night, I knew what was going on and so I immediately asked my "friend" what my maiden name is (the real friend would have known this) and the messenger blocked me. I again reported the incident to Facebook. Both my real friends had their Facebook security set on "Public", which means anyone can view and copy their profile picture and their exact name and create a duplicate account pretending to be the real friends. They then send all the friends of the person's profile that they copied a Messenger invitation (and they can view all the friends of anyone who's FB security is set to "Public". Their invitation shows up with your real friend's photo and everything, so it is easy to think it is your friend the first time it happens. I believe this is what happened. I guess it is the latest scam to come from Nigeria (Facebook later let me know the first caller had logged into Messenger from a phone in Nigeria). As mentioned above, my FB account security is set to where only my friends can view my details. To do this, open up your FB account and go to your profile. Select 'Settings and Privacy' and scroll down to 'Privacy', then 'Privacy Settings'. this is where you control who can see your posts and contents. Open up each link on this page and make sure you choose settings that make sure only your FB friends can view your account, all the way through to 'Who can see your friends list?' and set that to 'only me'. T took screen shots of the conversations and posted them here and on FB also. I covered the name and profile picture of my FB friend.

Victim Location 77089
Type of a scam Phishing

had 2 phone calls- saying my SS# is tied to Criminal activity! No Way! Call this phone number-before they file Legal action. DO NOT REPLY TO THIS!

Victim Location 01453
Type of a scam Phishing

For VIN number and debit card I put a advertisement on Craigslist and this person called me but instantly hung up and told me to send them a history report on he car. And they wanted me to pay for it. After searching online I found out that the person was trying to scam me either for a Vin number and also for credit card information right before it processed information I quickly exited the website of the fake vin history report. At this point I don’t know if it processed or what I should do at this point need help.

Victim Location 55068
Type of a scam Other

An automated voice mail stated that it was my last chance to purchase a warranty on my new vehicle and I needed to call it back to make a purchase on the warranty.

Victim Location 68111
Type of a scam Phishing

Wasn't listening but responded to their query "are you there?" with a yes.

Victim Location 62704
Type of a scam Tax Collection

I received a voice mail of an automated system saying I would be arrested at my house in 1 hour if I did not call this number back. It stated the IRS filed a law suit against me and I would be arrested. This number calls me multiple times a day.

Victim Location 37043
Type of a scam Debt Collections

Several calls over the past three days to collect student debt or reduce it.

Victim Location 72223
Type of a scam Phishing

I received a text only with no business name just the phone number that there would be drones flying over the roofs in the neighborhood this is what I received "we are using drones in your area to detect homes with roof damages this is at no cost no obligation. May we provide you with a report?

It is completely free and no obligation, the report is emailed to you to review at your leisure.I can actually send you pictures of your roof so you may know the current condition of your roof all I need I confirmation your home address and an email where I can send you the report. In regards to an inspection since we will be flying a drone over your home and emailing report and someone would call to follow up, you don't necessarily need to be home however if you wish to meet with us we defiantly work around your schedule."

Victim Location 46074
Type of a scam Phishing

I've received two voicemails in the past week from 2 different numbers (I never answer calls from numbers I'm not familiar with) with one message stating "do not disregard this message and do return the call now if you don't return the call and I don't hear from your attorney either then the only thing I can do is wish you good luck as the situation unfolds on you goodbye" from this number AND

another number (516) 442-9978 left a message stating "???? your name at this moment we would request that you get back to us so we can discuss about this case before taking any legal action against you. The number to reach us is 585-633-0398"

I haven't received anything in the mail indicating that I'm in any legal trouble and honestly don't know why I would be. I'm assuming that written notification would be required in order to take any action against me.

Victim Location 91344
Type of a scam Healthcare/Medicaid/Medicare

The caller female ( lady with Asian accent / pronunciation) stated" Mrs.--- my name - , your topical analgesic was approved by your insurance company" I have stopped her ( lady with Asian accent / pronunciation) and informed her , that number will be reported.

I am in the health industry. I have not ordered any medications , i am not using any medication .

The scammer/ caller, had my name and was trying to obtained more of personal information

Victim Location 55433
Type of a scam Other

Answered the phone and when asked if I was Mrs ...., I said yes and they hung up. I should have realized it but caught me at a very bad time in my life/day. so frustrated with walking to the phone only to have unknown people calling. If it wasn't for a pacemaker needing a landline, we would not have one.

Victim Location 56011
Total money lost $1,400
Type of a scam Government Grant

They told me I was chosen for a $9,200 government grant. Told me to go to a store and buy $200 in Google Play gift cards and read them the numbers on the back in order to activate the grant. Then told me the amount went up to $10,500 and all I would need to do would be to purchase $400 more in either google play or iTunes to pay for a few, cannot think of the exact words he used. Then another $800 to increase my credit score so the, I am having a hard time remembering what he said about who he was apparently emailing. This whole time telling me that this grant is being raised and how lucky I am. The “grant” got up to 12,000$ and then finally he told me that he received an email saying that I was receiving a $40,000 grant, only 20 out of 3000 and only 3 people in Minnesota were lucky enough to get it. Then told me all he need me to do was get 2,000$ more to get the insurance so they could deposit into my account and send me a check without people thinking I did something illegal.

Victim Location 55328
Type of a scam Debt Collections

I have received threatening calls to my cell number with Robo recordings stating-- there are "at least 4 serious allegations against" my name and to call their number within 24 hours to "avoid legal action" against me...or that I can be "taken into custody." I have blocked the number.

Victim Location 32563
Total money lost $400
Type of a scam Debt Collections

Woman calling. Very rude and threatening to prosecute, garnish wages if debt is not paid. Calls from a restricted number but leaves 346-299-2016 as a call back number. Tracked the phone number to Houston, TX.

Victim Location 06877
Type of a scam Credit Cards

I've gotten calls from this number multiple times. They start with an automated message about 'my credit card account.' I asked two or three times to remove me and they immediately hang up on me. Today, they harassed me.

I kindly asked for them to remove me and mid-sentence, the guy said "[censored] OFF!" and I politely said "I'm sorry?" And he said "[censored] OFF!" and then he hung up.

Victim Location 90808
Type of a scam Debt Collections

Told me call was being recorded and that I owed $**k on property. Had a foreign accent. Told him to never call my number again. I tried to call back, but was unable to return call, so know it’s phone.

Victim Location 85704
Type of a scam Tax Collection

I received a bad phone recording about the IRS, but the number to call was clear. They claimed I hadn't filed my taxes properly for the last five years, and owed $7250 plus fees. I needed to make arraignments for a tax payment voucher or a warrant would be issued for my arrest and spend five years in prison. The man's name was Steve GS773910, they knew my age and of course the phone number. The background noise sounded like a call center and their accents sounded like they were from India.

Victim Location 80919
Type of a scam Tax Collection

I did not answer this call, and an automated message was left on my answering machine. The message said that the IRS has issued a warrant for my arrest and that I needed to call this number (832-734-9933) immediately. There was static on the message so I could not tell whether the message included a company name. I am very concerned about what will happen if unsuspecting people pick up the phone when these people call. I assume if I had picked up the phone, I would have been asked for personal information and/or money.

Victim Location 80234
Type of a scam Debt Collections

I can only assume this is supposed to be a debt collection. It is a garbled message with number 57648961 (partial return phone number?) and a file number of 655528 relayed in message. The internet warns us not to call back. If I answer yes to any communication it could be used to show that I complied/agreed with something they said, even if there was no real conversation. Original phone number was 720-580-8801 (Keenesburg, Co?).I do not call numbers I do not recognize, and the fact that information left on VM was unintelligible and incomplete makes this scary. Harassment call.Within 15 minutes I received a second call from another number 303-479-7595. No message, but most likely the same source.

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