Fraud Alert: Scammers Claiming to be with OVC
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has received multiple reports that their office’s name is being used as part of an impostor scam targeting individuals throughout the country. These scammers falsely represent themselves as OVC employees and attempt to obtain personal information from the call recipient, such as a social security number, or will ask for money by suggesting the person’s social security number has been compromised. The scammers call from a local number and provide a “case number,” but it is all a fraud. We encourage the public to remain vigilant and do not provide personal information during calls in which someone claims to be from OVC or the “OVC Fraud Prevention Unit.” OVC has no such unit. We also encourage those who have received one of these calls to report this information to us through the OVC Resource Center at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service by email or by phone at 800–851–3420. Individuals may also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission online or by calling 877–FTC–HELP (877–382–4357).
(Posted November 8, 2019 to https://www.ovc.gov/ )
With funding provided under the Victims of Crime Act, Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc. (LAS) provides holistic civil legal services to victims of crimes. LAS serves victims of all VOCA-eligible non-intimate partner crimes such as:
- adult physical/aggravated assault and battery
- neglect adult or child sexual assault
- forcible sexual offenses (including rape)
- identity theft and fraud
- human trafficking (sex and labor)
- child victims of abuse
- abandonment or neglect
- financial crimes
- hate crimes
- mass violence
LAS provides these legal services in the areas of Consumer, Housing, Immigration, Injunctive Relief, and Children’s’ Advocacy. Consumer focuses on wage garnishment, debt collection, and foreclosure. Housing focuses on Landlord/Tenant (lease termination, eviction, conditions). Immigration focuses on U-Visas, work authorizations, lawful status, and unaccompanied minors. Injunctive Relief focuses on violence or stalking involving non-related parties, such as roommates or neighbors. Children’s Advocacy focuses on dependency, delinquency, kinship, and special needs education rights for children who are victims of crime, either directly or indirectly.
- Must be a Broward County Resident and a victim of crime.
You may come to our office or call (954) 736-2418. Please make sure our staff knows you are a victim of crime.