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AG launches 'Just Hang Up!' campaign

Tips to help Oregonians avoid fraud and imposter phone scams

Every year, Oregonians lose thousands of dollars to telephone scams. Last year, Jeff D. from Silverton learned his aging father wired $1,300 to a scammer in Paris, Texas.

The scam was simple. A caller told his father over the phone that he had won $350,000 and a GMC Denali. There was just one catch — his father had to pay the taxes before he could claim his prize. Jeff never thought something like this could happen to his father.

“These people are masters at manipulative techniques. They prey on the emotional status of people who want to help their family and others,” Jeff said.

In commemoration of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, celebrated June 15, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum last week released a “Just Hang Up!” campaign to educate Oregonians about imposter scams and fraudulent phone calls.

Oregon Department of Justice distributed hundreds of posters to retirement centers and state agencies throughout Oregon. The poster includes six tips on when you should “Just Hang Up!” These include if the caller:

  • Asks you to wire money or buy a prepaid card;

  • Says you have won a prize or a gift but you need to pay fees or taxes first;

  • Asks you to visit websites or download software;

  • Asks for usernames, passwords, account numbers or your home address;

  • Says the offer is only good for today; or

  • Asks you to keep the call a secret.

    If you have fallen victim to a fraud or a scam, contact the Oregon Attorney General’s Consumer Hotline at 1-877-877-9392 visit atoregonconsumer.gov.