Your report helps us track scam trends and informs the issuing of state-wide alerts. If you experienced monetary loss or provided the scammer with sensitive personal information, our office can offer support. Use the form above to report the scam. Scams and fraud cost Vermonters hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. Scammers use every tool available to steal money and information from consumers. To stop the scams, we need to work together to protect Vermonters from losses to scams and fraud.
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Keep reading to get informed about common scams affecting Vermonters. If you think you may actually owe back taxes, hang up and contact the IRS directly at 1 They will try to persuade you to give remote access to your computer. Never allow remote access to your computer or click links in a strange e-mail or pop-up message!
Turn off your computer! Do not pay an unknown entity! Never give information to unknown callers! Debt Collection Calls from fake debt collectors making threats, including lawsuit, wage garnishment, and arrest.
Most attempt to collect nonexistent debts and even make claims that utilities will be disconnected if payment is not made immediately. Never pay a harassing collector over the phone; demand proof of the debt in writing and verify the debt with the original creditor! If you are concerned about possible disconnection, hang up and contact the vendor directly! The imposter of business personnel scam was particularly concerning as the businesses are contacted by someone that claims to be their CEO, or other internal business representative, which can be easily fabricated.
Once connected, the imposter CEO or other employee requests a large bank wire transfer, which is typically irretrievable.
It is important that businesses establish internal processes to ensure payments are being sent to valid sources! Unclaimed Funds- Grants, Rebates and Settlements Calls, mailings and e-mail messages claiming that you are eligible for a government grant, and unclaimed rebate or settlement, or other unclaimed funds.
Phony Prizes, Lotteries and Sweepstakes Claims that recipient will obtain funds if they pay an upfront fee, typically for registration or taxes.
These scams usually start with a phone call or mailing, claiming that you won money or a prize, but have to make a payment in order to receive it. Sometimes realistic-looking fake checks are used to entice the victims and claim to cover a portion of the fees. Never pay upfront to receive winnings!
If you won something, they should pay you, not the other way around! Medical Products and Supplies, Insurance and Prescription Scams Callers claim to be with Medicare or Medicaid, seeking personal information or claiming they are the authorized provider of medical supplies, prescriptions or other services.
Verify any such call with your insurance provider separately, or with your physician. Never give out your personal information to a caller! Never wire or otherwise send funds unless you can verify the emergency! Be cautions when dealing online. Never give out personal information before seeing a rental listing in person. Be suspicious when someone wants to pay you more for something than what it is worth; make arrangements to pay in cash and in person whenever possible!
Office of the Vermont Attorney General. Did you encounter a scam? Report it to CAP! Report a Scam Your report helps us track scam trends and informs the issuing of state-wide alerts. Spread the word Share what you know with others so they can protect themselves from loss.
Stop the scam If you or someone you know are being targeted by scammers, take action to prevent loss. There are a few simple steps you can take: Hang up! Scammers will try to keep you on the phone.
The best way to avoid getting scammed is to hang up the phone. Call us! Whether you need help for yourself or someone else, we want to talk with you. If it is outside of our normal business hours, you can send us an e-mail or leave a voice message.
If you need immediate assistance, contact your local law enforcement agency or call for information and referrals to other helping agencies. Stop payment! If money has been sent by wire transfer, mail, gift card, or any other meanscontact the bank or institution you sent it through right away to stop the money before it is picked up. Computer Tech Support. Debt Collection. Calls from fake debt collectors making threats, including lawsuit, wage garnishment, and arrest.
Business-Targeted Scams. Unclaimed Funds- Grants, Rebates and Settlements. Calls, mailings and e-mail messages claiming that you are eligible for a government grant, and unclaimed rebate or settlement, or other unclaimed funds.
Phony Prizes, Lotteries and Sweepstakes. Claims that recipient will obtain funds if they pay an upfront fee, typically for registration or taxes.
Callers claim to be with Medicare or Medicaid, seeking personal information or claiming they are the authorized provider of medical supplies, prescriptions or other services. Grandparent and Other Impostor Scams.