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Telephone Fraud

Have you been promised a free prize or free vacation for calling a 1-900 number? Caller beware. You may be offered a product, service, or travel package in exchange for your call, but do not trust these schemes. In recent years, 1-900 telephone numbers, in which the caller pays a fee per minute, have been used by scammers to charge telephone bills without the caller realizing. In fact, the longer you are on the telephone, the higher the charges will be. If you’ve unwittingly participated in a scam, report it to the local police and file a report with the Postal Inspectors. Reporting scams helps law enforcement do its job to keep others safe.

Protect Yourself From Telephone Scams

  • Beware of 1-900 Numbers

    Never dial a 1-900 number unless you are absolutely sure of how much you will be charged.

  • Check with Better Business Bureau

    Check with the Better Business Bureau or a consumer protection agency if you have never heard of the company making the promotion.

Have You Witnessed This Scam?

If you’ve been affected by a 1-900 number scam and the U.S. Mail® has been used in any way, we want to help. Please report the crime.

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