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¿Hola? Soy yo — Frosty, el muñeco de nieve. Mira, es una larga historia, pero me estoy empezando a derretir sin mi sombrero. ¡Por favor, necesito tu ayuda — envíame dinero ahora o me voy a convertir en un charco!”

De acuerdo, este es un ejemplo tonto y los verdaderos impostores no son tan graciosos. Pero en el 8º día de Protección del Consumidor, realmente vale la pena recordar que los estafadores pueden ser muy convincentes. Y nunca descansan, ni siquiera en esta época del año. Para un estafador, es sorprendentemente fácil hacerse pasar por otra persona para confundirte. Ahora, con las redes sociales es más fácil que nunca investigar la información personal y familiar. Y sacar ventaja de tus emociones. Los estafadores saben que tu amor y preocupación por tus seres queridos vencerá tu escepticismo.

Podrías recibir una llamada o mensaje supuestamente de parte de un familiar o amigo que vive lejos que dice que ha tenido un accidente, ha sido arrestado u hospitalizado. Para que sus historias parezcan legítimas, es posible que involucren a otro bandido que se presenta como una figura con autoridad, por ejemplo, un abogado u oficial de policía.

¿Qué tienes que hacer si recibes un mensaje como este?

  • Pisa el freno y averigua. Resiste el impulso de actuar inmediatamente, sin importar cuán dramática sea la historia que te cuenten.
  • Llama a tu familiar o amigo a un número de teléfono que te conste que es genuino. Comunícate con otro miembro de la familia o amigo para confirmar si es verdad lo que dice el mensaje.
  • No transfieras dinero — ni envíes un cheque, orden de pago, ni tarjeta de regalo por un servicio de entrega urgente o mensajero.

Y luego cuéntaselo a la Comisión Federal de Comercio: ReporteFraude.ftc.gov.

20 Comments

Uncle George
December 15, 2020
Don't answer calls from numbers you do not recognize. Do not respond to texts from senders you do not recognize. Do not click on links in emails or in texts. Do not return calls to messages left on your voicemail. Report unwanted contact to the proper authorities.
Rose
December 15, 2020
I'm aware of scammers and I don't fall for their stupidity
Ms. Oregon
December 16, 2020

En respuesta a por Rose

I feel the same way Rose, they are so stupid they keep calling from the same person. I wish other people would wise up. I am 72 years old, I wish other Seniors would not fall for it. Happy holidays and stay safe
freelancer
December 15, 2020
Clever lede!
Dougger
December 15, 2020
They have been preying on my in-laws, an elderly couple and, luckily, they still have their wits about them to ask questions and not get emotionally wrapped up immediately. Horrible people out there among good ones.
dbrabel
December 15, 2020
They've been plaguing my elderly mother - saying they are my son (her grandson). They have a lot of information, and she almost fell for it. The spiel was " Hi, gramma? I was up visiting a friend in Atlanta, and I got arrested. I need $200 for bail, and I don't want to tell mom. Can you send me the money? I'll help you thru it." Fortunately, she doesn't have that kind of money, and called me. These guys are sneaky, and despicable.
P.J.
December 15, 2020
Now that I've known about scammers for a numbers of years now, I just don't pick up the phone. If they want me, they can leave a message. But I can see how I might not know better if it was the first time. One trick is to attach a photo to your friends and family's numbers, but it doesn't have to be a picture of them, so if the scammer puts their number on the screen and it's not accompanied by a picture of a rose garden, Fenway Park or a print of a famous painting or whatever you attach, it's probably not them.
728899
December 15, 2020
Always call person back on their personal cell phone and home phone or other family member in that location
GS
December 15, 2020
I have had those calls and since I have no children or grandchildren, I have to laugh when I get these calls. I pretend to go along with their scam, and then tell them that I will pray for them and ask if they would like to join me in prayer. Don't get any repeat phone calls. Just maybe my prayers are being heard to change their hearts.
KY Derby Winner
December 15, 2020
Have a family password! If a grandparent gets one of these calls, have them ask for the family password. Then see how fast the scammers hand up!
sam
December 15, 2020
Thank you all for the info hoping people learn from these jerks and spinless people for praying on anyone for money etc.!!
marcy
December 15, 2020
I got a call from a guy one time and he said "hello, Gramma? This is your grandson. How are you? I'm sorry I haven't been around in awhile but I'm so busy. How are you? I miss you." I said "Who are you?" He said "Your grandson. pause. "I can't believe you don't recognize my voice. I'm your grandson" I suspected a scam so I again said "Which one? What is your name? Who?" He hung up.
krg
March 23, 2021

En respuesta a por marcy

I got one of these calls a couple of weeks ago. I rarely answer calls from numbers I don't recognize, but once in a while I do out of curiosity. When I answered, a young-sounding woman said, "Don't you recognize me? I'm your granddaughter." I laughed and said, truthfully, "I don't have any grandchildren." She hung up. I can't believe scammers are cruel enough to be preying on older folk.
annieskid25
December 16, 2020
My now deceased uncle had one scam him out of 1200 dollars once pretending to be a relative.
Downunder
December 17, 2020
I keep getting 3-4 calls from different numbers everyday. They never leave a message and as soon as I answer they hang up. And I've called back using an old fashioned landline phone the numbers are busy. I don't know what to make of these calls. Any ideas? I'm just curious.
jh2ycDon't use…
February 09, 2021

En respuesta a por Downunder

when you answer the phone they then sell your number to tele marketers or others as a working number. the same is true when they tell you to push a certain number to stop getting calls from them
Harry
December 17, 2020
Overall, we need to enforce STRONGER PRIVACY ACT. Theses companies are selling information to random people and don’t care who they care.
alwayswatching…
December 17, 2020

En respuesta a por Harry

I just called customer service at US Cellular and got them to block all text messages coming to my cel phone. I was getting text messages from numbers all over the USA and they always had a link for me to click on and they would not leave me alone even when I asked them to.