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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Emporium Borough Police Department Reports Latest Scams

The Emporium Borough Police have received several reports of borough residences being scammed. The latest scams have gone as follows. 

The person will impersonate a military member overseas. Often times they hack a Facebook page, stealing photos and personal information of the person. The scammer will then message the victim either by Facebook messenger or via text message. They will use the pictures of service members and pose as them and have several techniques they use from there. Victims said they have used the lonely trick and get the victim to either fall for them or feel bad for them. 

One scammer actually told the victim he is a service member overseas and that due to his/her bank account being hacked they need you to send them money. Another said he had a large amount of money and needed to ship it to her and she could keep some of the money, but she needed to send money for the scammer to be able to send the box.

We all have respect and honor for service members serving our country and we want to help. The scammers know this and use it against victims they feel they can easily trick. You will be asked to send money either by western union or money gram to someone. These requests are sometimes to send money overseas, but lately they have been to people in other states in the US. These people work in teams and have people in different states that will pick up the money, once that happens; it’s GONE. Once the victim sends the money using services like these, it is gone and there is no way to get your money back! 

Once the scammers have you hooked they will continue to ask for money. Sometimes by using threatening means especially if you know you are being scammed. One scammer used the crime as a way to embarrass the victim if she told anyone. Do not fall for this, contact the police as soon as you believe you’re being scammed.

It is impossible to warn the public of every technique they use; as they constantly change their story and use what they believe will work on you. So please do not fall victim, if you are contacted; asked to send money and something just does not sound or feel right, call your local police as soon as possible. 

So remember; if someone asks you to send money and you do not know them; do not do it! These scams often occur from a location overseas which makes it almost impossible to track them down and prosecute them.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

I remember when Mema sent her life savings to one of those pi-turds.