Published: March 26, 2018
The Federal Trade Commission has received reports that consumers are receiving calls from individuals pretending to be with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).
According to the reports, callers are telling people that they may be entitled to money and ask for personal information to determine if they are eligible. Callers request information such as social security numbers, mailing addresses, bank accounts and whether a person worked in the 9/11 exposure areas. The callers are using spoofed phone numbers with New York area codes. This is a scam.
If you receive such a call, hang up immediately and report it to the FTC at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1. Although the VCF may contact people directly, they will not ask for your full social security number. If you are uncertain if the call is from the VCF, hang up and call the VCF directly at 1-855-885-1555.