Hang up! Government warns of social security scam
The scam involves the Social Security Administration in which you receive an imposter robocall saying your benefits will end. File: LISTEN - FTC Scam RobocallAccording to the FTC:Your Social Security number is not about to be suspended. The real Social Security Administration will never call to threaten your benefits. The real SSA will never tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on a gift card. The current Social Security scam is the number one scam on the government's radar with nearly 73,000 reports filed in the first six months of 2019.
5 ways seniors can avoid scammers
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Financial scams targeting seniors are prevalent and the Florida Office of Financial Regulation says with more than 4.9 million people ages 60 and older, Florida ranks first in the nation in the percentage of its citizens who are seniors. "Unfortunately, wealth is one of the reasons scammers target unsuspecting senior citizens," Florida Office of Financial Regulation officials said. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) states that "Financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they're now considered 'the crime of the 21st century.' Because seniors are thought to have a significant amount of money sitting in their accounts." Related link: National Council on Aging Top 10 Financial Scams Targeting Seniors.
Florida Lottery warns of email scam
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Lottery officials are warning citizens to be on the lookout for an email scam that purportedly demands personal information in exchange for prizes. The emails in question include the Florida Lottery logo and state lottery information, as well as the logos of LinkedIn and Microsoft. The fake email states that the recipient has won a prize and should contact the "Contact Person" to claim their winnings. State officials say that the Florida Lottery does not contact players to inform them of their winnings unless they have entered a promotional game or second chance drawing. The lottery is warning people who have received a fake email to not respond and to report any scam to the Division of Security at 850-487-7730.
Viewer alleges he was scammed by golf cart vendor
A Local 10 viewer who decided to Call Christina said he got "ripped off" by a man once dubbed a "golf cart con man." 'This guy is ripping me off'When Gary Dubeck of Key West dropped more than $6,000 on a golf cart he ordered with the Golf Cart Warehouse, his contract stated it would be "street legal." Dubeck, who is now spending more money to fix the golf cart, told Local 10 News, "I want what I bought." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration allows a golf cart to be converted to a low-speed vehicle. But once he had the golf cart, he learned it was a 2012 model based on the serial number on the Club Car golf cart.
Consumer alert: Amazon online car scam
A savvy Local 10 News viewer Called Christina after narrowly avoiding a scam that utilized a name he trusted -- Amazon.com. "I start searching for this car on Craigslist and I thought that it was an amazing deal," Edwin Reategui said. AMAZON: "We don't sell cars:"The seller instructed him to call Amazon at the number on the invoice to make a payment. Cook also confirmed that the number the seller provided Reategui was not their customer service number. Before buying a used car, make sure to visit the Call Christina page of Local10.com and follow the Call Christina Used Car Shopping Checklist.
South Florida hotbed for impostor scams
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – South Florida continues to be a hotbed for impostor scams. Every day, many South Floridians receive phone calls from people claiming to be from the IRS or a debt collection agency. In one case, a viewer played an audio recording of the call he received from a man claiming to be from the IRS. The message warned the viewer that it was his final notice to pay a certain amount of money before he received a lawsuit. Local 10 News investigative reporter Christina Vazquez sat down with Cindy Liebes, director of the Southeast Regional Office of the Federal Trade Commission, who said impostor scams are on the rise.
FTC to pay consumers who lost money in mortgage-relief scheme
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 2,653 checks totaling more than $467,000 to consumers who lost money in a mortgage-relief scheme. Federal prosecutors also approved settlements with five other defendants in the case. Nine defendants behind the Crowder Law Group were charged with violating the Federal Trade Commission Act and the telemarketing sales rule. Check amounts will vary based upon each consumer's loss. Those who receive the checks from the FTC are advised to deposit or cash them within 60 days of the mailing date.
Contractors using another company's license to get business
When she asked Bruna Enclosures for a refund for the $2,800 she spent, the contractors refused. County records show the Class A General Builder license number listed on the front door for the Broward County business expired in 2008. Additionally, licensees can file an unlicensed activity complaint with DBPR against the individual or company using their license number. Floridians are asked to report any suspected unlicensed activity by emailing ULA@myfloridalicense.com or calling the DBPR Unlicensed Activity Hotline at 1 (866) 532-1440. With regard to state-licensed contractors, the license number (not simply the term "licensed") is required to be on all advertising.
Federal Trade Commission warns of holiday charity cheats
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – 'Tis the season for giving, but just make sure you're giving to the right cause. The Federal Trade Commission is warning people to be aware of charity cheats. If you receive a request from an unfamiliar group, first check the name to make sure it's legitimate. Then go to the group's website to see how it spends donations and make sure that charity supports the issues that matter to you. Lastly, you can make sure the group is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions on the Internal Revenue Service wesbite.
U.S. warns of immigration services scams
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Many people offer help with immigration services, but not all are authorized to do so. Citizenship and Immigration Services is warning of potential scams. U.S. officials began the Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law initiative to identify resources that can help people avoid becoming victims of such scams. To find out more about how to avoid becoming a victim, click here. Follow Christina Vazquez on Twitter @CallChristinaTVFollow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10