Posted: 6/27/2018

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Imposter scams have become a huge issue in today’s society. With advanced technology, scammers can mask their identity making it appear that they are calling from legitimate agencies and organizations. Most recently, reports have circulated regarding calls from individuals pretending to be with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).

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Imposter scams have become a huge issue in today’s society. With advanced technology, scammers can mask their identity making it appear that they are calling from legitimate agencies and organizations. Most recently, reports have circulated regarding calls from individuals pretending to be with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). Unknown individuals are calling, claiming to be the VCF, asking questions about the status of claims or asking for personal information to mail claim packages or file claims on an individual’s behalf. Don’t fall victim to the scam.

The criminals are spoofing VCF phone numbers so they display a New York area code. They ask for personal information such as Social Security numbers, bank account information, mailing addresses, medical information, and proof of whether a person worked in the 9/11 exposure zone.

Be wary of any random call you may receive from VCF or assertions that you may be eligible to file a claim. Never provide any personal information to someone you have not verified. If you do receive a call, hang up and contact the VCF directly by calling (855) 885-1555.

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund provides compensation for individuals or representatives of a deceased individual who suffered physical harm or was killed as a result of the terrorist-related aircraft crashes of September 11, 2001, or the debris removal efforts that took place after those crashes. If you believe you are eligible to receive funds from the VCF, visit their website at https://www.vcf.gov to file a claim, obtain updates, and important information on the process.

Whenever you receive a suspicious call or encounter a scam, report the incident to Business Consumer Alliance by filing a complaint. Include as much information as possible, including the phone number that contacted you and the name the caller provided on the phone call, so we can warn others of the potential scam. And don’t forget to share the information with people you know and your local community. Start by sharing this blog on your social media and following BCA on Facebook and Twitter.

About Business Consumer Alliance

Business Consumer Alliance (BCA) is a non-profit company that started in 1928. The broad purpose of BCA is to promote business self-regulation. BCA's mission is achieved by assisting consumers in resolving complaints with businesses and using that complaint information, along with other relevant information such as customer reviews, to forecast business reliability. With community support, BCA can identify trustworthy and ethical businesses and warn the public to avoid unscrupulous businesses whose purpose is to defraud the marketplace. BCA also helps businesses promote themselves by providing services and tools to protect their business and reach out to their customers. BCA obtains its funding from member businesses who support the mission and purpose of the organization and who agree to abide by high standards of ethical business practices.

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