Police once again are reminding local residents to be vigilant in their watch for potential scams, particularly e-mail and mail scams offering monetary rewards, prizes or “inheritances” from unknown individuals, business and foreign locales.
Investigators issued the reminder Monday following an insurgence of “Nigerian scam”-type e-mails targeted at senior citizens and the elderly. The way this one works is that someone, either an individual, someone acting on behalf of a deceased person or business, offers a monetary reward or inheritance from someone in Nigeria or somewhere else. The offer is often sent by e-mail, and is generally nothing more than a poorly disguised attempt to obtain the reader’s personal information in order to commit fraud.
Another e-mail received by a local resident claimed to be a notice from the FBI notifying the reader of an investigation by the FBI into suspected terroristic activity.
To this one, Sgt. Inv. David Gilmore emphasizes, “if the FBI is working a terrorist case against you, they are definitely not going to be contacting you by e-mail.” Such a case would require a direct approach.
Also, be wary of any purported bank, in a recent case World Bank, or financial institution indicating errors in or fraudulent access to the readers’ personal accounts or the need to verify passwords, security codes or other protected information.
Local residents are reminded first and foremost when tempted by such offers that ‘if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is” and “you don’t get something for nothing.”
Police stress that such attempts are acts of fraud and scams, and those receiving these phishing e-mails or even letters should not reply to them nor try to make contact with the person who sent it. And most of all, people are warned not to give out personal information, especially bank account numbers, passwords or access codes, or other personal information which the phisher can use to make charges to or remove funds from your bank or other personal accounts.
Sulphur Springs residents who suspect they’ve been the victim of a scam, have questions about scams or think they are being targeted should call the police department at 903-885-7602 and ask to speak to an investigator. Individuals outside the city of Sulphur Springs should contact their nearest law enforcement agency for further information.
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