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Telephone Scams

The Community Foundation’s Preventing Phone Scams Initiative protects our community

Tips for Protecting Yourself from Phone Scams

Avoid phone scams

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  • Be cautious of calls from unrecognized phone numbers, even if the area code is local. If the call is important, the caller will leave a voicemail
  • If you receive a call from someone who says they are your grandchild in need of money, call them back on the phone number you usually use to verify if they actually called you.
  • If a suspicious caller asks if you are the one answering (e.g. is this Jane Doe?) do not answer, “Yes.” Your yes answer may be recorded and used for fraudulent verbal consents in the future. Instead, ask, “Who is calling?”
  • Calls claiming to be from the Social Security Administration or IRS are usually scams. The Social Security Administration will never ask you to confirm your Social Security Number, bank account number, or other confidential information over the phone
  • Hang-up if you suspect a scam
  • Never send money to claim a prize or to expedite receiving a payment
  • Be incredibly cautious of people asking to keep the call a secret

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The Community Foundation of Western Nevada, a 501 (c) 3 organization, is established to strengthen communities in our region through leadership and philanthropy. The information provided on this page does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this page are for general informational purposes only.