Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) August 10, 2011
ReversePhoneDirectory.com wants the public to know about a recent parking ticket scam that is sweeping the nation. People are being contacted by telephone and asked to give their credit card information in order to settle unpaid parking tickets. The caller claims to be from the city that the person resides in. The victim may or may not actually have outstanding tickets, but often times the official sounding phone call intimidates unsuspecting people into giving out sensitive information over the phone in order to correct the “violation”. Cities do not usually contact violators over the phone.
Other variations of the scam go a step further, and the thieves print up fake parking tickets and place them on vehicles. The tickets look virtually identical to city issued tickets. The ticket demands payment for the “fine” within 14 days. This is enough to trick some victims into paying the fine, and many people mail checks to scammers without realizing it. This scam works especially well because it targets vehicles that could feasibly be subject to ticketing due to questionable parking locations.
ReversePhoneDirectory.com hopes to educate the public to protect future targets from falling prey to these scams. If contacted by a person claiming to be a representative of the city, Reverse Phone Directory.com suggests the following:
● Do not give out personal information over the phone.
● Request a name of the city representative who called.
● Use Reverse Phone Directory. Request a number where the caller can be reached, use the number displayed on caller ID or dial *69. Visit ReversePhoneDirectory.com and run a reverse phone number search. The report will give more information about the person calling and confirm the identity of the caller.
● Call the police. If a call seems like a potential scam contact local authorities immediately and provide a detailed description of the call and the actions took.
ReversePhoneDirectory.com advises consumers to be wary of any suspicious phone calls asking for personal information. Any unsolicited phone calls should be looked up on ReversePhoneDirectory.com. Simply enter the 10-digit number. ReversePhoneDirectory.com provides information to the owner of the phone number that is asking for the sensitive information. Do not reply to any voicemails left.
ReversePhoneDirectory.com is a valuable resource that protects the public from being a victim of the scam.
ReversePhoneDirectory.com provides access to reverse phone lookups online. In addition to phone number information, ReversePhoneDirectory.com has search portals for public records services and provides access to the most current information. ReversePhoneDirectory.com is dedicated to using the most technologically advanced searches and believes that the public is entitled to information. ReversePhoneDirectory.com is committed to helping people live better and believes everyone should have easy access to information about the businesses and people they come in contact with.