CT Police Warn Scammers Amid Multiple Fraud Complaints
The crooks are said to have searched for personal information, bank account information and remote computer access.
SOUTHINGTON, Connecticut – Editor’s Note: The above video is from May 2021 and covers a related topic.
Southington Police are warning residents of crooks who claim to be from businesses or organizations known to victims.
The warning comes days after police received several fraud complaints from residents, who said they received calls from alleged representatives of Amazon and other companies. They reportedly searched for personal information, bank account information and remote computer access.
“To help prevent these types of crimes, Southington Police want to remind citizens to be vigilant and to protect themselves from scams,” the department said in a statement Thursday.
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The police offered some advice on how to avoid becoming a victim.
- Scammers claim to be from an organization you may know
- Scammers say there is a problem or a price
- Scammers are forcing you to act immediately
- Scammers tell you to pay in a specific way
Classic warning signs for fraud or scams
- Calling or emailing you, pretending to be government or corporate, and asking you to pay money
- Asking you to wire money, send money by courier, or put money on a prepaid card and send it to them
- Request access to your ATM cards, bank accounts, credit cards or investment accounts
- Asking you to prepay to receive a prize or gift
Protect yourself against fraud and scams
- Do not share account numbers or passwords on bank accounts, credit cards, or Social Security
- Beware of offers that are only valid today and require you to act quickly
- If the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Never pay for a promised gift.
Additional tips to avoid a scam
- Block unwanted calls or texts
- Never pay someone who insists you pay with a gift card or money transfer service
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