Typical SCAMS reported to E.P.D. :
Con Ed SCAM: You receive a call from a party claiming to be a representative of Con Ed, requesting or demanding payment of past due utility service in the form of "Money-Pak", Western Union, Gift Cards, etc.... DO NOT GIVE THEM INFO OR ANY FORM OF PAYMENT!
See Con Ed link: Con Ed Scams
Grandparent SCAM: You receive a phone call from a person claiming to be your Grandson and he states that he is in trouble (arrested, car accident, etc..), possibly out of the country, and he requests that you send a form of payment to cover his fine or damage to another person's vehicle, etc.. It may not sound like your Grandson, but they may claim that they injured their nose in the accident and may sound different than usual.
The caller will generally tell Grandma not to call their parents and to please keep this between them. You will be requested to send payment in the form of Money Wire, Money-Gram, Gift Cards, etc.....
If you receive any call that is similar to what is described above, DO NOT GIVE ANY INFO OR MAKE ANY PAYMENTS!
See attached link for more information on the Grandparent SCAM:
How To Beat The Grandparent SCAM
IRS - Ways to Spot Suspicious Calls
APPLE Support SCAMS:
Avoiding APPLE Support Scams
"Virtual Kidnapping" SCAM
You receive a phone call on your home or cellular phone from an out of area number (or what appears to be local number). The caller states that they have just been involved in a car accident with a family member of yours, who they identify by name.
(Many times this is a family member of driving age, e.g. teen in High School/College, or a family member who is travelling - perpetrator knowing that it may take an extended period of time to verify that they are safe or make contact with them).
At this point, the perpetrator may either demand some form of payment to be wired to them for damages to their vehicle or tell you that they are now holding your family member at gunpoint and aggressively demand that you follow their instructions.
They may tell you that if you contact law enforcement, they will harm your family member.
STEPS TO BE TAKEN AT THIS POINT:
Immediately try (or have someone else try) to make contact with your family member - call school/work/etc from other phone. or;
from smart phone, PLACE THE CALLER (bad guy) ON SPEAKER AND TEXT YOUR FAMILY MEMBER FROM YOUR PHONE TO VERIFY THEIR SAFETY
DO NOT WIRE or TRANSFER ANY MONEY/GIFT CARDS, etc
Obviously, contact Police immediately if you believe it is a real situation
*The perpetrators of this crime will study social media sites, where they are able to gather detailed information about those who share photos and personal information about family members. Then, with this information, they are able to convince some victims of these calls that this traumatic situation is occurring and needs to be rectified quickly by meeting their demands. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU POST!