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Carbondale police offer tips to avoid becoming a phone scam victim

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

The Carbondale Police Department has a warning about what investigators call a telephone scam.

According to police, officers were called to a Carbondale bank for a deception complaint on Nov. 5.

The victim told officers that someone called her on Oct. 30 and said he was a detective. The suspect told the victim he worked for Publisher’s Clearing House and that the victim had won a large cash giveaway. The victim was told to send a “considerable amount” of money using a cashier’s check via Western Union to locations in Florida and Jamaica. The suspect told the victim to shred all the Western Union documents, then pour water on them to make the ink run on the carbon copies so that the victim would not have to pay taxes on the money.

The Carbondale police department has tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of a telephone scam:

1)      Avoid conducting business over the telephone.   You have no way of verifying the caller’s identity or the legitimacy of their business.

2)      Get all information in writing before you decide.  This will give you time confer with trusted family members, friends, or business            professionals.   

3)      Avoid quick sales pitches.   Scammers rely on creating a sense of urgency from their victims. 

4)      Never send money to get cash prizes or other gifts.  This includes any “registration” or “shipping” fees.

5)      Be wary of a caller claiming you have won a prize, especially if you did not enter the contest.   You cannot win contests or lotteries you did not enter.

6)      Never “verify” account numbers or credit card information over the telephone.  This is a trick to get you to reveal this information.

7)      Beware of offers to “help” you recover money you have already lost.   Scammers have posed as “law enforcement officers” claiming to get your money back for a fee. 

8)      Never send money over money transfer services (Western Union, Money Gram, etc…) to random people in different cities or countries. 

9)      If you feel you have become the victim of a scam, or are unsure about an offer, contact your local police department.

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