Be on Alert for Scam Phone Calls

Due to the overwhelming amount of scam phone calls being reported by WGTC students, we advise you to take special precautions. Every year thousands of people fall victim to scams through phone, email, text messages, and internet ads. The scammer will try to pressure you into divulging the information they need. The scammer will try to rush, confuse, and make you think they are doing you a favor or giving you a great deal.

Signs of a Scam

The Red Flags:
  • You’ve been specially selected a offer
  • You’ll get a free bonus if you buy our product
  • You’ve won one a prize
  • You’ve won big money in a foreign lottery
  • This investment is low risk
  • You have to make up your mind right away
  • You trust me, right?
  • We’ll just put the shipping and handling charges on your credit card
How They Hook You:
  • “Free” Trial Offers
  • Travel Packages
  • Credit and loan Opportunities
  • Sham or exaggerated business and investment opportunities
  • Charitable causes
  • Foreign lotteries
  • Extended car warranties

How to Handle a scam call

The Questions to Ask:
  • Ask Who’s calling… and why?
  • What’s the hurry?
  • If it’s free, why are they asking me to pay?
  • What time is it?
Guidelines to Follow:
  • Resist pressure to make a decision immediately
  • Do not give out credit card, checking account, Social Security numbers, or any personal information
  • Don’t pay for something just because you’ll get a “free gift”
  • Don’t send cash by messenger, overnight mail, or money transfer
  • Research the company, organization, or charity before

Robocall

A robocall is a Pre-Recorded Call message. You should hang up the phone and consider asking your phone company whether they charge for blocking phone numbers. You can report your experience to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1 or by calling 1-888-382-1222.

For More Information:

 

Jarrod Brogdon
Chief Information Officer
(229) 293-1240
Office 117
Valdosta Campus

Valdosta Campus
Room 125
4089 Val Tech Road
Valdosta, GA  31602
Phone:  (229) 293-6240

Ben Hill-Irwin Campus
Room 8202
667 Perry House Road
Fitzgerald, GA  31750
Phone:  (229) 468-2298

Coffee County Campus
Room 148
706 West Baker Highway
Douglas, GA  31533
Phone: (229) 468-2250