Scammers Posing as U.S. Postal Service and AARP Seek Personal Information

Scammers Posing as U.S. Postal Service and AARP Seek Personal Information
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December 9, 2013

Crooks often pretend to be someone they aren't to get you to lower your guard and give up personal information including credit card and bank account numbers.

Now, scammers are contacting unsuspecting consumers by phone, pretending to be with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and AARP, formerly the American Association of Retired Persons.

An AARP member reported being contacted by someone who said he was collecting personal information from members because recent storms had wiped out the organization's database. The call appeared to come from Washington, DC. The AARP member wisely hung up the phone.

In the case of the fake postal employee, the caller manipulated Caller ID technology to make it appear that the call had actually come from a USPS facility in California. The consumer picked up the phone and heard a recording encouraging him to apply for a lower credit card interest rate. Recognizing the call as a scam, the consumer did the right thing by hanging up.

Remember, legitimate organizations aren't going to call you and ask for your personal information over the phone. If you get a suspicious phone call, don't respond. Instead, report it to the North Carolina Attorney General's Office.