DBPR warns against phishing scam
May 14, 2014
~ Victims are led to believe employees are contacting for personal information ~
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) today issued a warning to Floridians after learning that individuals posing as DBPR employees are allegedly targeting licensed businesses and professionals. The callers are asking victims for personal information.
The Department has received complaints from victims who have reported receiving calls from people claiming to be DBPR employees. The scammers are requesting personal information from individuals, which is unusual activity for a DBPR employee. DBPR has confirmed that the phone calls are in no way connected with the department or its regulatory authority.
If a consumer receives a call from someone claiming to be a DBPR employee who is asking for personal information, they should not provide any personal or financial information. A consumer safety tip is to ask the caller to return the phone call to verify their authority and call the DBPR Customer Contact Center at (850) 487-1395.
If the person calling claims to be a telemarketer, consumers may report the call to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at 1-800-HELP-FLA (1-800-435-7352) or at www.freshfromflorida.com.