Protect Yourself from Phone Scams
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/
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
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.