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Protect Yourself from Phone Scams

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

Resources and Reporting:

Federal Trade Commission’s National Do Not Call Registry
Register your phone number online at https://www.donotcall.gov/
Phone: 1-888-382-1222

Visit https://800notes.com/ to verify suspicious phone numbers

 HIYA – Call Blocker and Protection app at https://hiya.com/

Submit a complaint with the Nevada Attorney General
 http://ag.nv.gov/Complaints/File_Complaint/
Phone: 888-434-9989.

The Community Foundation’s Preventing Financial Scams Initiative protects our community.


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.

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