Phishing Scams and Telephone Scams

You may get a phone call from a person aggressively telling you to pay monies you owe, that someone you know has lost their ID, they are stranded and need you to wire money, or that your grandson is being held in jail and needs bail money right away.  This person may even claim to be a lawyer but they aren’t.

Scammers try to trick you into thinking a loved one is in trouble. They call, text, email, or send messages on social media about a supposed emergency with a family member or friend. They ask you to send money immediately. To make their story seem real, they may claim to be an authority figure, like a lawyer or police officer; they may have or guess at facts about your loved one. These imposters may insist that you keep quiet about their demand for money to keep you from checking out their story and identifying them as imposters. But no matter how real or urgent this seems - it’s a scam.

If you get a call or message like this, what to do?

  1. Check it out before you act. Look up that friend or family’s phone number yourself. Call them or another family member to see what’s happening. Even if the person who contacted you told you not to.
  2. Don’t pay. Don’t wire money, send a cheque, overnight a money order, or pay with a gift card or cash reload card. Anyone who demands payment in these ways is always, always, always a scammer. These payment methods are like giving cash — and nearly untraceable, unless you act almost immediately.
  3. If you sent money to a family emergency scammer, contact the company you used to send the money (wire transfer service, bank, gift card company, or cash reload card company) and tell them it was a fraudulent transaction. Ask to have the transaction reversed, if possible.
  4. Report the message to the Better Business Bureau.

Miller Law will never ask you to send money immediately and in most circumstances, if not all, we have already met with you.