Term Impersonation Scam Reporting
Code FN-1700.1470-322
Definition Programs that provide a hotline or other mechanisms that people can use to report scams involving impostors. Scammers may pose as government officials claiming a problem with the individual's benefits, status or tax debt that can only be resolved with an immediate infusion of cash; as bank officials claiming a problem with the individual's accounts; as legitimate businesses to broaden the types of fraud that can be pursued as well as the list of potential victims using the real business's good name; or as family members who are purportedly in crisis requiring prompt help. Reports have also been filed by people who have fallen victim to scams perpetrated by an individual impersonating a member of the military who, after engaging in an online relationship, began asking for money for various false service-related needs. Impersonation con artists can use a variety of methods to make contact including approaches by telephone, text messages, emails and instant messages through social networking sites such as Facebook as well as legitimate dating sites.
Created 10/18/18
Changed 11/12/20
Use References Business Identity Theft Reporting
Business Impersonation Scam Reporting
Family/Friend Impersonation Scam Reporting
Family/Friend Impostor Scam Reporting
Government Official Impersonation Scam Reporting
Government Official Impostor Scam Reporting
Grandparent Scam Reporting
Impostor Scam Reporting
Military Member Impersonation Scam Reporting
See Also References Mortgage Modification Scam Reporting (FN-1700.1470-523)
Romance Scam Reporting (FN-1700.1470-720)
Technical Support Scam Reporting (FN-1700.1470-844)
Utility Power Shut Off Scam Reporting (FN-1700.1470-940)
External Classification Terms Citizen Crime Reporting (NPC I02.02)
Criminal Law Enforcement (UW
Law Enforcement (NTE I60)
Legal, Consumer and Public Safety Services (AIRS LE-450)
Legal/Public Safety (CAN LP-450)
Related Concepts Cybercrime
Financial Services/Benefits
Facet Service
Bibliographic References "Army Social Media Scams", U.S. Army website, https://www.army.mil/socialmedia/scams/

"Other Business Identity Theft Schemes to Defraud,
Business ID Theft Provides Criminals with More Options and Potential Targets", Business ID Theft.org. website, http://businessidtheft.org/Education/BusinessIDTheftScams/OtherSchemestoDefraud/tabid/177/Default.aspx

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