Denton Senior Center SCAM Updates
AARP’s Fraud Watch Network can help you spot and avoid scams. Sign up for free “watchdog alerts," review our scam-tracking map, or call our toll-free fraud helpline at 877-908-3360 if you or a loved one suspect you’ve been a victim.
SCAM Update from the Denton Police Department
IRS Warns Consumers of Stimulus Check Scams
Ignore come-ons promising help to get you your payments, tax refunds
by Dena Bunis, AARP, April 2, 2020
"We urge people to take extra care during this period,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig warned. “The IRS isn't going to call you asking to verify or provide your financial information so you can get an economic-impact payment or your refund faster. That also applies to surprise emails that appear to be coming from the IRS. Remember, don't open them or click on attachments or links."
City of Denton Recent Scam Alert
Unfortunately, there are people trying to victimize others during difficult times. Denton Police Dept. put this bulletin and they are working hard to proactively prevent any of our Denton residents from falling victim to a scam. This contains several tips on how to avoid identified COVID-19 scams
City of Denton Utility Disconnection Scam
The City of Denton will never call to threaten you with utility disconnection and request personal payment information. If someone calls you claiming to be the City of Denton, do NOT provide your personal information! Hang up and call (940) 349-8700 to speak with Customer Service directly.
6 Scams to Dodge in 2020
Phony census questionnaires, fake Medicare testing and more
1. Job Scams
Crooks find potential victims using online search tools to look for résumés of job seekers.
Pitch: You're contacted about what sounds like the job of a lifetime and even given a check to cover expenses — just wire money back or send gift cards to cover fees. Only later do you figure out the check is fake.
Method: Usually via email or a professional networking site.
Prevention: Real jobs don't come at a cost (actual recruiters are paid by the business).
2. Census Scams
Impostors could pretend to be census takers.
Pitch: You could be asked for your Social Security number or credit card information.
Method: A fake census worker shows up at your door. Or you're contacted by phone, mail or email.
Prevention: The Census Bureau will never ask for your Social Security number, solicit donations or threaten you with arrest if you don't cooperate. Census takers carry government IDs. For more information, visit 2020census.gov.
3. Election Scams
Scammers send out fake ads as political action committees or pose as pollsters or campaign volunteers.
Pitch: They pretend to be legitimate fundraisers to trick you into giving them your credit card number or sending a “donation” by gift card or wire transfer.
Method: Phone, email, social media posts — the same ways that candidates contact you.
Prevention: Don't donate to a candidate from an unsolicited pitch. Reach out directly to those you support.
4. Medicare Fraud
A crook will tell you that you can get a free DNA swab test for cancer, or medical devices or services.
Pitch: To get the free health care, you just need to provide your Medicare number.
Method: This offer usually comes via phone or email. Vans drive through neighborhoods, with people knocking on doors offering tests in return for Medicare numbers.
Prevention: Never give your Medicare number to anyone but a trusted medical professional.
5. Phishing Scams
Scammers pretend to be Amazon representatives, taking advantage of the fact that the company sent more than 3.5 billion packages last year.
Pitch: You'll be told a package can't be delivered until you “confirm” your credit card number.
Method: Crooks send out millions of random emails. Within the email is a link that, if opened, places malware on your computer to harvest data.
Prevention: Don't give information via a link. Go to Amazon's website directly.
6. COVID-19 Scams
You get an email offering a coronavirus vaccine or access to critical medical equipment.
Pitch: Anxiety's high; you are urged to protect yourself.
Method: Some emails ask for credit card information, then bill you for products that never arrive. Others include a link that will install malware to steal your passwords.
Prevention: Visit government health agency websites for updates. Be wary of emails during a crisis. There is no COVID-19 vaccine.
AARP’s Fraud Watch Network can help you spot and avoid scams. Sign up for free “watchdog alerts," review our scam-tracking map, or call our toll-free fraud helpline at 877-908-3360 if you or a loved one suspect you’ve been a victim