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Scams & Security Alerts

We recommend checking these 2 facebook pages often to Stay up to date on current scams and what to look for.

Scams Are On the Rise!

If you hear of a scam that is not included here, please let us know and we will add it to our page.  In addition to the scams listed here, don't be afraid to research a company through the Better Business Bureau.  Even if the company is not a member of the Better Business Bureau, information on the company can still be recorded, allowing you to research a company before giving them your business.

Columbus Fire Department

From the Columbus Fire Department - January 24

"It has been brought to our attention that a group called Volunteer Firefighters Association is soliciting donation via phone calls. The number on the Caller ID is 859-636-6260. The Columbus Division of Fire is not affiliated with this group. When we called the number back and asked a few questions they immediately hung up the phone. Please pass on to your friends and family that there are many scams that use first-responder support as emotional bait to elicit money from well-intending people. Instead of giving money to a group that cannot be tracked, consider spending the money attending one of our many charitable fund-raising events and have some fun. Keep watching for event listings."

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NEST Thermostats and RING Doorbells Hacked

Community Member

& Company Response

“Tax Transcript” Email Scam

"...fraudulent emails impersonating the IRS and using tax transcripts as bait to entice users to open documents containing malware."

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Ghost Tax Return Preparer

"By law, anyone who is paid to prepare or assist in preparing federal tax returns must have a valid 2019 Preparer Tax Identification Number, or PTIN. Paid preparers must sign the return and include their PTIN."

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Fraudulent/Fake Check Scam

One of the more popular scams currently taking place, as scam artists are convincing unknowing victims to accept a fraudulent check in exchange for cash. They send out an elaborate email detailing how they’re having troubles cashing a check, and would anyone be kind enough to help them gain immediate cash into the hands. Whoever responds to their request will receive an added bonus for their troubles. The endorsed check bounces and the victim is left with no money in their bank account.

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Natural Disaster Scams

"...the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers that criminals and scammers often try to take advantage of the generosity of taxpayers who want to help victims of major disasters."

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Telemarketing Fraud for Seniors

"Telemarketing scams often involve offers of free prizes, low-cost vitamins and health care products, and inexpensive vacations."

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PC/Tech Support Repair Scams

"This scam originates out of India, as victims are contacted by a phone call from scam artists claiming to be a representative of a high-tech computer firm. The call is a warning to the victim that their computer has been infected or could be under a threat of being infected by a vicious malware virus that will severely damage their internal operating system. The alleged "representative" encourages the victim to go online and allow them to troubleshoot the computer. This will help to fix all of the related issues immediately."

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Collection Agency Scam

Scam Artists are well aware that collection agencies have the right to contact individuals who are behind in their monthly bills. They represent themselves as a representative of a fictitious collection agency that is threatening a lawsuit unless the victim settles their current debt issue. Some scam artists support their claims with actual information about the person’s bad credit history.

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7 Scams That Target Elderly

"When scammers know how to confuse and gain the trust of the elderly, they have virtual free reign of bank accounts, personal information, and even assets."

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New phone scam demands $10,000, threatens to kill family

"You have to pay me $10,000 and call me on number as soon as you get this message... My people are following you for a few days. Do not think of contacting the police or tell anyone otherwise I will kill you and extend it to your family."

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Credit Card Interest Rate Reduction Scams

"Voice mail boxes across the nation are being clogged with prerecorded phone calls from companies that claim to be able to negotiate significantly lower interest rates with your credit card issuers if you just pay them a fee first."

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