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SEC warns of scammers impersonating the
federal government in messages, calls

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Posted By: Ribicon, 11/22/2021 3:45:10 PM

The Securities and Exchange Commission is warning investors to beware of scammers impersonating government officials in phone calls and messages, marking the latest effort by fraudsters invoking the authority of the government in an effort to fleece ordinary Americans. The alert cites misleading emails, letters, phone calls and voicemails that appear to come from the market regulating agency. The messages purport to raise concerns about suspicious activity or unauthorized transactions in people’s checking or cryptocurrency accounts.(Snip)The SEC said anyone receiving an unsolicited message or call from someone claiming to be with the SEC may call the agency’s personnel locator to determine if the person is actually from the SEC.


There's a mighty thin line between fraudsters invoking the authority of the government in an effort to fleece ordinary Americans and what the government has been doing to us for quite some time now.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: JackBurton 11/22/2021 3:46:17 PM (No. 985773)
Since the calls are an annoyance... I annoy them right back.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Quigley 11/22/2021 4:00:09 PM (No. 985781)
What a timely warning. It’s only been a decade or so that this has been going on. Must be part of pappy poopy pants’ bull sh$t more better program. Cmon man.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Mushroom 11/22/2021 4:15:13 PM (No. 985785)
OP stated it well, I mean how are we supposed to determine what kind of fraud we allow. :) My first response is the Government pushes this info for one reason and one reason only...they hate competition.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DVC 11/22/2021 4:55:56 PM (No. 985809)
The call we laugh the loudest about is the one where they warn that our Social Security account is being suspended and we have to call Right NOW! Erase the message, laughing.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Bur Oak 11/22/2021 5:01:09 PM (No. 985820)
OP is right it is getting very difficult to differentiate between scammers and government officials. Scammers typically cost you less.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: JHHolliday 11/22/2021 7:38:51 PM (No. 985954)
That’s what most people do but they aren’t looking for us. They are looking for the 1 percent who are old and starting to lose their faculties. Losing their SS is probably the worst thing that they can imagine. I would cheerfully put a bullet in the head of these scammers. By targeting vulnerable old people they are worse than bank robbers.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 11/23/2021 6:43:00 AM (No. 986211)
That would be FBI agents, I imagine.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: IAmButASimpleCaveman 11/23/2021 10:06:13 AM (No. 986414)
hey folks - just register your number on the "do not call" list to prevent these calls coming to you. s/ on a related note, ohio apparently is going to make it illegal to "spoof" calls - which transmit a false originating phone number. have no idea if they have any plans to bring penalties to bear on these people because no such activity takes place with violations of the DNC list.
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