EUGENE, Ore. -- More phone scams are making the rounds in Eugene, and police say they've received reports of about 20 in the last few weeks. Below, the five most popular scams are listed, and how to avoid them if necessary.
1. Publisher’s Clearing House
They never call winners and you certainly can’t win if you don’t enter.
They don’t call either. If you think you owe taxes, contact IRS independently through a number you have verified.
3. Costco Travel Voucher
It’s not Costco calling. They don’t offer free travel vouchers.
4. Vague Government Agency
With “serious matters pressed against you” and threatening arrest by “local police’. No government or law enforcement agency will call you in this manner.
5. Grandparent Scam
"Hi Grandma, I’ve been arrested”. Call a friend or family member to check this out. Better yet, just hang up!
They say hanging up or screening your calls are always a safe bet.
IF you fall victim to a scam, call police. If not, tell your family, friends and crime prevention, so that others won't fall victim either.
And here are some sites to track scams:
Federal Trade Commission Fraud Alerts
Oregon Department of Justice Scam Alert Network
AARP Fraud Watch Network
In all of these, the scammers usually want payment in the form of a wire transfer, gift cars or prepaid credit cards.
The Eugene Police say that it's important to report scams to the Federal Trade Commission as well.