USHJA Member Notice of Scam Phone Calls
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 September 2019 00:00

USHJA Members:

Recently, we were alerted to a phone scam in which several horse shows have reported that criminals are trying to steal credit card information from exhibitors by using fake feed and bedding order forms, or by asking for personal payment information over the phone.

Unfortunately, these types of phone scams are all too prevalent, so we want to take a moment to ensure you are aware of it, let you know what you can expect from us, and provide guidance on what you can do to protect yourself from these types of scams in general.

Please know that the USHJA will:

  • Never solicit you for funds related to another individual member, company or organization. As a 501(c)3, we are not permitted to raise funds for an individual, company or organization.
  • Never ask you to provide credit card or social security numbers via email.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, every year, thousands of people lose money to telephone scams — from a few dollars to their life savings. Scammers will say anything to cheat people out of money. Some seem very friendly — calling you by your first name, making small talk, and asking about your family. They may claim to work for a company you trust, or they may send mail or place ads to convince you to call them.

If you get a call from someone you don’t know who is trying to sell you something you hadn’t planned to buy, say "No thanks." And, if they pressure you about giving up personal information — like your credit card or Social Security number — it’s likely a scam. Hang up and report it to the Federal Trade Commission.

For more information about phone scams, the signs of a scam, why someone may call you and how to handle unexpected sales calls, click here.

Safeguarding the information you entrust to us is an important part of what we do at USHJA. Thank you for your membership, and we look forward to continuing to serve you

Press release provided by USHJA.