Many fraud and scam investigations are complicated by the fact that criminals can commit an offense from overseas, making suspects difficult to identify, locate and prosecute. In this environment, prevention is one of law enforcement's most effective tools.
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:
Overpayment scams- An overpayment scam is typically when the victim is given a check for a sum of money, is asked to cash it, and then send a sum of that money back via Western Union or Money Gram. These include Internet dating where the victim strikes up a relationship with someone who asks them to open up checking accounts or accept money and then wire that money elsewhere. Also, websites where items are sold or purchased, e.g. eBay, KSL, Craigslist, etc. ****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!****
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.
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.