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Fraud Scheme Reminder
May 7, 2016
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind the public to be very skeptical of unsolicited telephone calls from deceptive businesses, banking institutions, foreign countries, or government agencies where monetary promises or threats are implied or made directly. These scammers almost always request money to be paid up front for illegitimate services, or threaten arrest, eviction, or property seizure if their demands are not met.
A notable and common scheme involves the caller who claims to be a member of law enforcement, or an employee of the court system. The victim is told he or she has a warrant for failing to appear for jury duty. The caller demands payment for the warrant via credit card information, or a Green Dot Opens in New Window card. The suspect typically remains on the phone with the victim while he or she travels to the store to obtain the Green Dot card.
The suspect further instructs the victim not to tell anyone who they are talking with. After obtaining the serial numbers to the Green Dot cards, the money deposited to the card is immediately removed by the suspect.
Riverside County Superior Court or Sheriff’s Department employees will never contact the public and ask for financial information or payment in lieu of attending court proceedings, or fees for failure to appear for jury duty.
Fake Check Scams
The scammer offers to buy an item but uses a counterfeit check. Once the check is delivered, the check scammer claims they mistakenly overpaid the agreed-upon amount. The scammer then simply requests the recipient/victim cash or deposit the check and return the difference or overpayment via a money order or cash. When the check is processed, the victim receives a call or email from the bank, informing the victim the check was counterfeit causing the victim’s account to become overdrawn.
Tips to Avoid Fake Check Scams
Online Sales Protection
Here are tips you can do to ensure a safe transaction when buying or selling items online:
Protecting Your Mail
Here are tips you can do to protect your mail from thieves:
Fraud Prevention Tips
For more information about fraud prevention, please review the following links:
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