Also known as “the tumbling woman,” the falling lady scam is common in London, but can happen anywhere in the world, reported Travel+Leisure. This is another type of distraction scam — a woman, typically an elderly woman, will make a huge commotion by falling down. Accomplices will then quickly move throughout the crowd, pickpocketing and grabbing purses.
It’s important to remain as attentive and cautious as possible to avoid distractions scams like this. If you see any suspicious activity and suspect a tumbling woman scam, step aside and keep an eye on your valuables.
If you’ve ever been stopped for a traffic citation, you know to have your vehicle registration and proof of insurance ready.
But authorities now caution that those documents could help a thief steal your identity, a crime for which Arizona leads the nation, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
Law enforcement officials are warning drivers to remove identifying information or addressed documents when exiting the car, said Lt. Giles Tipsword of Phoenix Police’s technical investigations unit, which includes auto theft and document crimes.
A recent Dodge survey had 44 percent of respondents nationwide say they leave their automobile titles in the glove box, where a thief could change the name on the title, then sell the vehicle or legally put the keys in his or her pocket.
“I think people would be surprised to see what they’ve left in their vehicle and, potentially, what other crimes they’ve left themselves open to,” said Ann Armstrong, an Arizona Automobile Theft Authority spokeswoman. The authority is a state agency created by the Legislature in 1992 to combat auto theft in the state.
“Some people leave documents with Social Security numbers and all sorts of crazy things. In this day and age, it’s so important for people to go through and make sure there’s no identifying information in their vehicles or even in their glove box. Stolen cars and ID theft go hand in hand.”
Last year, metropolitan Phoenix ranked fourth in the nation for auto theft, with one vehicle stolen per 91 residents. Tucson was ranked 10th.
Tipsword said Phoenix police are seeing more crimes in which thieves break into a car to take documents, sometimes snagging a remote garage-door opener to pillage the vehicle owner’s home.
“Maybe you get a broken window and you think, ‘All they did was break my window,’” Tipsword said. “Maybe they just opened up your glove box and wrote down all your information. . . . The less information you have in the vehicle, the better it is for you.”
About 1,000 adults participated in the Dodge survey, and respondents were interviewed by phone from May 22-24. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.
Cars can be a great place for thieves to get crucial information about you.
Phoenix police and the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority offer the following tips:
● Take your vehicle registration, insurance cards or any other identifying information with you.
● Remove garage-door openers.
● Do not leave your purse or wallet in the glove box or under the seat.
● Routinely clean out your car to remove identifying papers and other items.
● As a backup, set up a P.O. box to receive mail on vehicles, insurance and other important documents; it safeguards your address.
Scammers are targeting people with claims that they missed jury duty and will be arrested.
On Friday, San Joaquin Superior Court issued a news release revealing details of the bogus calls. Victims get a phone call from someone claiming to be a law enforcement official. The caller then claims that the victim has a warrant for their arrest because they failed to appear for jury duty. The caller then requests payment to have the warrant cleared so the victim can avoid arrest.
According to the court news release, law enforcement officers and court officials will never call people to ask them for money or their personal financial information.
The court recommends that people never provide that information over the phone and that you call the Tracy Police Department or San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office immediately if you get such a call.
For this fraud all you need is a laptop, someone's social security number, date of birth, not even their name. They can do it from their kitchen table. They can do it at a fast-food chain restaurant. Or they can do it on the beach, as long as they have Wi-Fi access.
Actually Corey Williams says you don't even need a laptop, you can file phony returns on your cell phone, if you have the right app. He used to be a legitimate tax preparer until his boss turned him on to the scam. Before he was arrested and sentenced to 40 months in prison, he had made millions and millions of dollars.
"I am calling from IRS. You have ignored all our previous notices to collect tax bill you owe. We are now left with no option but to call and collect it over the phone. If you fail to pay now, police will show up at your door within a few minutes to take you to jail. Which credit card would you like to use?".
Jokers spoof the caller-ID. So you think you are getting a call from say your bank or some other institution. Not only do you decide to take the call, you also feel comfortable giving out sensitive information like your username, password etc.
And rest is history.
Will add more such Scams soon. If you know of some (sure, you would!!!) add them here.