Don't Fall for This Scam

A friend sent me this in an email. This is a good example of how people are good at committing fraud.

Don't Fall for This Scam

A friend sent me this in an email. This is a good example of how people are good at committing fraud.

The Richardson Police Department was contacted by a citizen who said he received a phone call Tuesday (03/13/18) from a man identifying himself as a Richardson police officer. The caller attempted to convince the citizen he had a warrant for his arrest because he missed jury duty and that he needed to pay a fine. The citizen was instructed to obtain a prepaid debit/credit card from a store and provide the card's information over the phone to the caller to avoid immediate arrest. Please use extreme caution when receiving any phone call from someone instructing you to make a payment over the phone using prepaid debit/credit cards. This is a red flag that you are dealing with a scam. You should immediately hang up. If the call comes from a source you may do business with, you should find a reliable source to obtain a different phone number, other than the callers, to verify the legitimacy of the request. The Richardson Police Department does not call citizens to collect fines or threaten arrest for missing jury duty.

Scams almost always start when someone approaches you. Always verify with an approach by you. In other words, call the organization in question and verify that you do owe the money. The problem with this type of scam is your brain turns off the minute fear is activated. Before taking action, think through this for a second. No organization goes through this type of process to collect past due money or fines this way.

Comments
Shruthi
Shruthi

I add this to my list of items to lookout for - I still get calls from people who want to fix my Windows computer and then again also from people pretending to represent IRS.

BobBrooks
BobBrooks

Editor

@atkinsww1 - that is one way to handle it lol

atkinsww1
atkinsww1

A "US Marshall" called one day saying they were on their way with a warrant unless I did something similar. I told that would be fine, I'd be calling 911 to request local police assist. Click. Hello.

BobBrooks
BobBrooks

Editor

@jmarkb - the problem is that they seem to be two steps ahead of any prevention tools.

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