“Cause there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues …” When you’re getting a bunch of scam calls, it can be a bummer – they’re annoying and interrupt our daily lives. Some people have reported receiving up to 25 or more calls in a day.
Scam calls can also induce fear or panic because they prey on our biggest worries – debt, legal action against us, or fraudulent activities in our name. One reason they work against some people is because the scam often pretends to be from an official agency.
Here’s an overview of the scam trends that we’ve been seeing over the month of August.
August 2021 Scam Call Trends
Scam calls are big business. So far in 2021, over 59 million Americans combined have lost nearly $30 billion dollars to scams (average of $502 per victim).
The following includes examples of what you may have heard from a scam call upon answering.
This past month, warranty scams and insurance scams have continued to dominate. One trend we also noticed is that vacation related scams peaked in July, while government related scams are on the rise. Learn more below.
“Attention this call is from Federal Reserve system to notify you that we have found some suspicious and fraudulent activities in your financial transactions from your account. To talk to a federal officer, kindly press one. I repeat, press one to talk to an officer.”
“Hello, this is Gloria Simpson. And I’m calling on behalf of the U.S. Center for debt relief with an important update regarding the buying administrations student loan cancellation efforts which are now underway. Just so you know, the Biden administration has canceled over $3 billion in student loan debt over the past 12 months. You are now able to enroll in this program which will significantly reduce your student loan debt and may forgive the debt completely. This is an effort from this admin…”
“Hello, this is Mary Fletcher. State number agent F. F. 694 and this is a notification call from U.S. Department of Financial Relief Services. And the purpose of this call is to inform all U.S. Citizens in our state list that have tax debt about the new zero tax owed tax debt relief program that was recently put into effect by the Biden administration. And it’s open for enrollment, the new zero tax owed relief program will allow you to significantly reduce or eliminate all together your tax debt …”
“This is an important call regarding a legal enforcement action being executed under your name for suspicious and fraudulent activities carried out using your identity. The court has issued a suspension notice along with the warren against your name; ignoring this message will be an intentional second attempt to avoid initial appearance before a magistrate judge or grand jury for a federal criminal offense. This is the final attempt to reach you. For more information, Press one. And hold for the n…”
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