- Driver’s license scams: You will receive a text message, claiming to be from the Department of Driver Services, informing you that your license has been suspended. Don’t fall for it. The DDS never communicates through text messaging. These scammers are often after your driver’s license information
- Government imposter scams: You will receive a text message claiming to be from the IRS, local law enforcement or another government entity. Never respond to text messages purporting to come from the government. If you fear that the message is legitimate, look up the government agency’s phone number and call for confirmation instead. These scammers are often after your social security information or money.
- Prize and reward point scams: You will receive a text claiming to be from a private company, such as Amazon or Walmart. They will claim that you have won a prize, likely for being the first among a number of people to click their link. Don’t fall for it. You did not win anything. These scammers are after your bank account information and the funds within.
- Package delivery scams: You will receive a text claiming there is a package waiting for you and that you should click the included link to confirm delivery or track the package. Never click on these links. If you have a package in transit, contact the shipper directly for information on your items. These scammers are after your personal information.
- Bank or credit card account suspended scams: You will receive a text warning you of fraudulent activity on your financial account. The text will ask you to click an included link or call a number to provide your financial information so you can freeze the account. Don’t. Instead, call the financial institution’s official number to report the texts. These scammers are after your PIN, credit card and other account numbers.
In the end, the FTC asks you to remember these facts to avoid phone scams, as per their consumer advice page:
- There is no prize
- You won’t be arrested
- You don’t need to decide now (don’t be pressured)
- There’s never a good reason to send cash or pay with a gift card
- Government agencies won’t call to confirm your sensitive information
- You shouldn’t be getting all those calls
Imposter scams are the most highly reported form of fraud in Georgia, according to the FTC. Telephone and mobile service scams are ranked fifth in the state. Georgia fraud victims have lost a median value of $554 each in 2022, the commission said. A total 23% of imposter fraud victims reported monetary damages to the FTC in the first quarter of 2022.
If you would like to report an imposter scam, you can do so at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.
If you have further questions about scams in Georgia, you can contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at (404) 651-8600 or consumer.ga.gov.
To get specialized news and articles about aging in place, health information and more, sign up for our Aging in Atlanta newsletter.