Craig Police Department warns the public about scams
April 18, 2011
The Craig Police Department is advising the public to be aware of recent attempted scams in the area.
According a news release from the police department, two incidents have occurred recently that involved continuing scams.
In one of the incidents, a local resident received a call from Canada from a person claiming to be a relative who needed money.
"This scam has shown up in various forms, such as a relative (often a grandchild) or friend having been 'robbed' of all their possessions in a foreign country, involved in an accident and needs money for hospital costs or other 'issues' requiring immediate funds," police reported in the news release.
According to the release, a second person will sometimes come in on the call claiming to be a law enforcement officer or an attorney.
Police recommend residents verify they have a family member in need before releasing any money.
A second reported incident entailed a resident who got involved with an Arizona company that purported to be an Internet business. The business claimed to provide websites and brochures to appear legitimate.
The business took money from clients, who then discovered the company was not following through with services.
According to the police department, last year the company had four credit card numbers of a resident and the company tried to use those numbers to make $30,000 in charges.
"In many instances, it is difficult to reclaim lost money in these cases as there have been signed contracts made between the victim and the business," police reported.
The police department advises residents to use caution when looking into business ventures and "not to fall prey to 'smooth talking' salespeople promising 'easy money.'"
For more information, call the police department at 826-2360.