Police Department warns residents of another scam
The Craig Police Department is issuing another alert to residents concerning a scam.
Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta is warning residents about a scam that uses a false order notice from the e-Bay auction site to steal valuable personal information.
The new scam works by collecting personal information by having a victim correct an erroneous successful bid and purchase on the auction site e-Bay. A victim first receives an e-mail stating that their order has been completed and mailed, and that their credit card has been charged for the purchase.
There was no actual bid or purchase from the auction of the item discussed in the e-mail, so the victim will want to delete the order. In the e-mail message, directions are given to cancel the order: Visit a web site and enter your account information and social security number to verify the cancellation.
If someone follows through with this process, the account information and social security number are delivered to the perpetrators. No complaints based on this particular scheme have been filed locally yet, Vanatta said.
This kind if personal information can be used to create a false identity for a criminal to acquire credit cards and even loans in someone else’s name, Craig Police Lt. John Forgay said.
“Your identity is stolen is basically what happens, and usually the first thing they do is get a credit card in your name,” Forgay said. “It happens so much these days that the credit card companies don’t hold you liable, but the bills run up on the false card really messes up your credit history and your actual creditors could begin questioning you credibility and reputation.”
Before giving out personal and financial information, a person should verify the legitimacy of the businesses with whom they are dealing, Vanatta said. Anyone who has questions about any business or financial proposition that is offered to them should contact the Craig Police Department
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