The New York State Division of Consumer Protection is warning residents about a spike in phone scams where spoof callers claim to be from official state agencies.
Specifically, numerous complaints have been filed about phone calls from what appears to be the State Office of the Inspector General (212-635-3150).
Similar to the Social Security scam that erupted back in June, scammers are masking the Caller ID to make it look like they’re calling from these offices. By FCC definition, spoofing is when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to a caller ID display to disguise their identity.
The caller then asks questions that may seem routine or as if they’re only confirming information, but like always their goal is to steal your identity and profit from your personal information.
The Inspector General’s Office is working with Law Enforcement to investigate the matter. Authorities have advised that the office does NOT make calls from this number, A
Anyone who receives a call from 212-635-3150 should disregard the call and report the occurrence to the Division of Consumer Protection.
“As we see too often, scam artists are pretending to be from official state agencies in an attempt to gain personal information from unsuspecting New Yorkers” said New York State Secretary of State Rossana Rosado, who oversees the Division of Consumer Protection. “Government agencies do not typically call people with little or no warning asking for sensitive information or trying to get a payment over the phone. If it seems suspicious, it probably is. Look for the warning signs and verify the caller before engaging.”