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Fraud Alert: Scammers Claiming to be with Office for Victims of Crime

Date Created 11/14/2019
Last Modified 11/14/2019 12:21:29 PM

Fraud Alert: Scammers Claiming to be with OVC

The scammers falsely represent themselves as OVC (or other government employees) and attempt to obtain personal information from the person being called, such as a social security number, or they will ask for money (suggesting the person’s social security number “has been compromised”).

OVC wanted to ensure this information was made available in case citizens did any research to confirm the calls were fraudulent (and many have done so and subsequently updated OVC with the schemes presented to them). If your agency is receiving similar inquiries from residents in your state who’ve been called by these scammers, and you are interested in sharing a similar message, below are a few actions you might consider—

• An alert has been posted an alert to our website.

• You are encouraged to report the scam to local police and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) online or by calling 877–FTC–HELP (877–382–4357) if you are contacted through this scam.

• Develop a script with these action items that your agency personnel can use if your agency has received a possible fraudulent call.

• Also, please let the LCLE Federal Program know if you receive any calls regarding the scam, as we are assisting OVC in tracking the numbers and the various schemes the scammers are using. Our contact information is listed below.

We appreciate your assistance in reporting any instances received regarding this scam. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us.