The Town of Hamilton has received reports of scam phone calls to our residents, including one that showed “Town of Hamilton” on the caller ID. The Town would like to remind residents to be aware of telephone scammers and to follow the below guidelines provided by the state:
- Phone scammers may try to convince you to buy a product or service that you didn’t plan on purchasing. They may also try to pressure you into divulging personal information, such as credit card numbers or your Social Security number.
- Caller ID Spoofing is the practice of causing a number on the consumer’s caller ID display to be different from that of the actual call origination point. In other words, it is possible to make a telephone call and have that person’s caller ID show the call as being received from a number other than the actual number that the call is being made from.
- Caller ID Spoofing can be used to commit identity theft since it misleads consumers, causing them to answer calls they may otherwise not have answered. A scammer may use spoofing to trick a consumer into believing they are receiving a call from their bank so they will give out their personal and financial information.
Spot the Scam
- Is there an unnaturally long pause after you have picked up the phone
- Is a record voice telling you to press a number to “opt out”
- The caller indicates that you’ve been specially selected for an offer or have won a prize or the lottery
- The caller is using high pressure tactics, ie: You have to make up your mind right away or the offer expires.
- The caller is demanding payment for a late bill, missed jury duty, etc., and threatening jail time if payment via gift card is not sent.
Stop the Scam
- Do not give out your credit card information to someone calling over the phone.
- Sign up for the state “Do Not Call” registry as well as the national one to limit telemarketers from reaching you.
- Do not give in to the pressure to make a decision immediately.
- Monitor incoming calls. Do not pick up unknown numbers or random calls. If a call is important, the caller will leave a message.
- If you do pick up and learn it is a scam call, do not engage. Just hang-up.