Delaware State Police are warning residents to be on the lookout for scammers who make phone calls requesting or demanding money for car crashes, overdue bills, to obtain a federal grant or to receive gold.
Sheriff Russell Bono says at least one victim has reported a loss of $600.
Officials say the scams involve callers who use sophisticated computer technology called “caller ID spoofing,” which is illegal, to mask their true identify to defraud consumers.
A phone scam targeting Peco customers in Philadelphia and the suburbs appears to be picking up steam, but officials say the number of people falling for the scam is dropping.
A man called a West Chester woman, saying her father had been in a car accident and was being threatened.
In recent weeks, officials say, scammers posing as IRS employees have been calling Bensalem residents and telling them they owe money to the IRS.