The scams are targeting all of our citizens with many of them coming from online and phone scams. All scams have the same goal: take your money to make it theirs. We’ve listed a few common scams that have affected our citizens.
Occurrences of computer-related crimes are on the rise and can have devastating consequences for the victims. These crimes include, but are not limited to:
Fake Date/Romance Scams- After starting an online romance with a potential interest living abroad they begin to ask you for money for emergency bills.
Watch the video below for an example of a real romance scan.
Romance Scam Video
Warrant or Utility Scams- You will receive a call from someone claiming they are from the government or utility company and if you don’t pay immediately your services will be cut off or you will be arrested. They have been asking for payments in the form of gift cards. They are able to make the phone number appear to be from the actual Company or government.
Virus hoax/Ransomware- you are contacted by “Microsoft Windows Support” and told your PC has a virus. The scammer offers to resolve the problem immediately if you give them your credit card and/or remote access to your PC. They then hold your data for ransom until you pay oftentimes in the form of gift cards.
Overpayment scams- You will receive a check for more than an agreed price and the fraudster will ask you to send them the extra funds back via Venmo or gift cards. Don’t do this. Even though the check shows up in your account it can still take a few more days to be verified. You may be held responsible by your financial institution for the bad check.****NO NORMAL PERSON WOULD SEND YOU MORE MONEY THAN WHAT YOU ARE ASKING FOR AND THEN TRUST THAT YOU WILL SEND THE EXCESS MONEY BACK TO THEM!****
Here is a short video on fake check scams from the Federal trade commission-
Fake Check Scams Video
Phishing scams- A Phishing scam is typically an email, letter, phone call, or even a text message to the victim indicating that they have won something and need to prove their identity in order to claim their prize. The sender asks for personal information, banking information, and small payments of money from the victim as a prerequisite to claiming the prize. Common scams are foreign lottery winnings, secret shopper requests, etc.
Hacking scams- A hacking scam is typically sent to the victim via email stating that the victim needs to update their banking information or other account information. They then ask the victim to "sign in" to their accounts to update them. Once the victim signs in on the web page the hacker receives the victim's account information instead. This includes Paypal, Ebay, Credit Cards, banks, etc. ****REMEMBER!**** NO LEGITIMATE COMPANY WILL ASK YOU FOR PERSONAL AND/OR ACCOUNT INFORMATION IN THIS MANNER!
If you feel that you have been a victim of this type of crime, please contact your local police department. Download our pamphlet about what to do if you've been scammed here. The pamphlet is also available in Spanish here.
More information can be found at the following websites:
FBI-Scams and Safety
Department of Justice
Federal Trade Commission
Occurrences of identity theft are becoming more prevalent and can have devastating and far reaching consequences. Victims of identity theft can sustain tax liability and damaged credit. Even arrest warrants or criminal histories can be generated by an offender using another person's identity. Complications resulting from identity theft can be ongoing and extremely difficult to remedy.
Basic precautions to avoid becoming a victim include securing sensitive personal information, periodically reviewing your financial records, and practicing good security measures when accessing the internet and e-mail.
If you feel you have been victimized, call the Logan City Police Department at (435) 716-9361.