Scammers are at it again and this time they are targeting schools. Jim Hegerty heads the Nebraska Better Business Bureau and says schools are receiving invoices from a fake company using the Scholastic name. He says schools are familiar with doing business with Scholastic and apparently the scammers are hoping the bills will automatically be paid. He says the amounts are low to avoid questions. This scam has surfaced in 27 states.
There is another scam that consumers need to be aware of. Hegerty says emails are flooding people’s inbox claiming to be from the Social Security Administration informing them they are eligible for more benefits. There are forms to fill out asking for Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden name – all the information necessary to steal ones identity. He says in some cases they have inserted malware into your computer that can do more damage. Hegerty says any time you receive an email from what appears to be from a government agency it is best to contact them directly.
Hegerty says most all scams originate outside of the U-S and are operated by organized crime groups that likely have several scams in the works at the same time. He says one group may be sending out phony invoices while another is sending email with sweepstake offers and a third is on the phone calling senior citizens saying a grandchild is in trouble and send money now.