An Albany man wants to warn you about a couple of scams he didn't fall for.
Samuel Wright said he's tired of being targeted by scammers. He encourages you to beware of offers you get over the phone and through the mail.
Samuel Wright is on his P's and Q's after scammers unsuccessfully tried to rip him off.
"Once they get your information they can clean your account out," said Samuel Wright.
Two weeks ago Wright received a phone call from someone saying he received a $9,000 grant from the Federal Grant Department even though there's no such agency. You can guess what happened next.
"And then they asked me for $108 processing fee and they wanted my credit card information. So that put up a red flag," said Samuel Wright.
He said he even heard children in the background on the phone. Wright did some digging and found online fraud warnings about the 202 Area Code numbers that called him.
"There isn't a name of any agency or company there's only a phone number for you to call."
Tuesday, Wright received this Notice of Reward in the mail.
"They say that I was awarded $100 gift certificate to use at Walmart or Target.”
Wright said when he called the number listed on the front he knew there was a catch after they asked for a $1 processing fee along with his credit card information.
“Because when someone tells me that I have something coming and then in the same sentence they ask me for money. I know that something is wrong."
Wright is now encouraging others to be aware of scams in the area.
" Like I said the scammers have gotten more sophisticated and they know how to get your attention, so just be aware,” continued Wright.
Remember you should never give your credit card or bank information to people who contact you with unsolicited offers. If you feel you are being scammed, call your local law enforcement agency.
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