Top Ten “Phantom Debt Scams” for 2014

Posted at 12:20 PM, Jan 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-21 12:20:18-05

The National Consumers League has released its annual compilation of the top ten scams reported to

The NCL is warning consumers to be on the lookout for so-called “refund and recovery” scams, also known as “phantom debt” scams, according to a recent report.

One of the most common scams involves a fraudster contacting consumers claiming to be collecting unpaid debts. If consumers questioned the debt, they reported frequently being threatened with jail time, legal action, or other consequences.

In 2013, this was the fastest-growing type of telemarketing scam reported to NCL’s campaign.

Other widely reported scams include scams involving prizes and sweepstakes; fake check scams; and scholarship scams.

Make sure you are safe online!

Click here to read the Top Scams of 2014.