CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - On January 6, 2016 a business out of Carbondale, Illinois, sent money via Net Spend/Money gram to someone who was claiming to work for Ameren Illinois as a technician.
The false employee stated that the business would need to send the money to pay off a late fee so that power would not be shut off.
The Carbondale Police Department reminds everyone to research published contact methods for bill collectors so that you know to whom you are speaking with.
Here are some tips to avoid scams like this:
- Avoid conducting business over the telephone as you have no way of verifying the caller's identity or the legitimacy of their business.
- Get all information in writing before you proceed. This will give you time to confer with trusted family members, friends, or business professionals.
- Avoid quick sales pitches as scammers rely on creating a sense of urgency from their victims.
- Never send money to claim cash prizes or other gifts. This includes any "registration" or "shipping" fees.
- 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.
- Never "verify" account numbers or credit card information over the telephone. This is a trick to get you to reveal this information.
- 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.
- If you feel you have become to victim of a scam, or are unsure about an offer, contact your local police department.