Southern California Hit By Wave of Free Cruise, Student Loan, and Social Security Scams

Check out this week’s victim:

California residents living in the 760 area code

Top Cities include:
1) Barstow
2) Oceanside
3) Palm Springs
4) El Centro
5) Palm Desert
6) Vista
7) Cathedral City
8) Apple Valley
9) La Quinta
10) Brawley

Growth since January 2018 to Present:

Fraud Calls – 130%

Nuisance Calls – 1069%

Top 3 Scams Hitting 760 Residence:

Free Cruise Scam: A majority of vacation scams start with a phone call promising an unbelievable prize from a raffle or survey you may (or may not) have entered. As you rack your brain wondering what you may have unknowingly entered, you can’t help but feel that what they’re offering is too good to be true. If you’re getting that gut feeling, it probably is.

Student Loan Scam: Scammers call to pretend they are affiliated with the federal government, e.g. the National Student Aid Center or the U.S. Department of Education and will claim that a victim’s student loans have been flagged or pre-approved for refinancing. They will ask for sensitive information such as financial or personal information to proceed with the bunk claim.

Social Security Scam: Scammers are contacting consumers and spoofing their number to disguise themselves as the SSA’s customer service number – 1-800-772-1213. They claim that they’re an SSA employee and either need personal information, including the victim’s Social Security number to confirm the individual’s file, inform a victim they’d like to increase their benefit payments and need additional info, or threaten the victim that they’ll stop their Social Security benefits if they don’t hand over their information.

 

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