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Scam pretending to be Find a Ride

Area residents report receiving calls seeking donations for Find A Ride Program 

Lima, OH–Area residents have reported receiving calls from individuals claiming to be from the Find A Ride Program and soliciting donations.

The Find A Ride Program and Area Agency on Aging 3 does not contact via phone to solicit donations. Please do not give bank or credit card information to anyone over the phone that claims to seek donations on behalf of Find A Ride or the Area Agency on Aging 3.

Four Signs That It’s a Scam 

1. Scammers PRETEND to be from an organization you know. 

Scammers use a real organization’s name or make up a name that sounds official. Some pretend to be from a business you know, like a utility company, a tech company, or even a non-profit asking for donations. They use technology to change the phone number that appears on your caller ID.  

2. Scammers say there’s a PROBLEM or a PRIZE. 

Some scammers say there’s a problem with one of your accounts and that you need to verify some information. Others will lie and say you won money in a lottery or sweepstakes but have to pay a fee to get it. 

3. Scammers PRESSURE you to act immediately. 

Scammers want you to act before you have time to think. If you’re on the phone, they might tell you not to hang up so you can’t check out their story.  

4. Scammers tell you to PAY in a specific way.

How to Avoid a Scam 

  • Block unwanted calls and text messages.  
  • Don’t give your personal or financial information in response to a request that you didn’t expect. Honest organizations won’t call, email, or text to ask for your personal information, like your Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers. 
  • Resist the pressure to act immediately.  
  • Know how scammers tell you to pay. Never pay someone who insists you pay with cryptocurrency, a wire transfer service like Western Union or MoneyGram, or a gift card. And never deposit a check and send money back to someone. 
  • Stop and talk to someone you trust. 

The Agency on Aging 3 is working hard to make sure that individuals have the most up-to-date information available via social media and our website at www.aaa3.org/ Please like the Area Agency on Aging 3 on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and sign up for our emails at www.aaa3.org/

Individuals can also call the agency at 419-222-7723 Monday-Friday 8 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. to ask about services available to them. 

Resource: https://consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-avoid-scam/

 

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