Beware of Recent Scams and Frauds

Social Security Call Scam is on the rise again in Connecticut (2/11/19):  There have been several reports from Connecticut residents that they are receiving calls that their Social Security number has been compromised. This is a scam and you should not provide any information to the caller. Hang up and report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at ftc.gov/complaint or by calling 1-877-382-4357. Wondering what the scam sounds like?  Visit the FTC website to hear a recording of the Social Security Scam.

FTC & FDA Warnings concerning supplement sellers (2/11/19):  This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to certain companies making unproven claims that their products can treat or cure Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions. Many of these products are sold on websites and social media platforms – and called “dietary supplements” or natural remedies. But that doesn’t mean they are necessarily safe. For more information read the FTC blog post here.

Phantom Debt Collection Scheme (2/8/19):  Getting a call about a debt you don’t owe – or even recognize – can be annoying. It can be downright scary when the caller claims to be a lawyer and threatens legal action if you don’t pay. Such are the ploys of phantom debt collectors: lies, harassment, intimidation and threats. For more information read the FTC blog post here.