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This section has been created due to the increasing number of complaints filed with local law enforcement regarding SCAMS. Scams are any fraudulent or deceptive acts or operations conducted to illegally obtain money or possessions from another person, company or entity. Suspects posing as someone they are not will make every attempt to fraudulently solicit personal information from vulnerable or unwitting victims to include bank account information, social security numbers and other personal identification. This information is then used to steal what is not their’s. Lincoln County Crime Stoppers hopes that this section becomes a tool to prevent or minimize any future victimization of our area citizens.
Recently the NPPD received this scam complaint. The victim reported that he had been getting emails from a "tech support company" wanting to access his computer to clean it up. The victim said that he finally agreed to have them do it and got in contact with the company online. The victim said that the company gained access to his computer and he then found out that they had obtained his credit card number which he has through a local bank. The victim said that no work was done to his computer and he decided to check his account and found that $200 was attempted to have been taken. The victim called the bank and they stopped the transaction before the money was removed. The company name claimed to be Technolife Pleasures with a phone number of 206-309-2146. The victim said that he spoke with a rep and they said there name was Mike Wilson but they had middle eastern accent. The victim said that he was not out any money but if he would not have called the bank it would have gone through. Be cautious regarding online scams.
Citizens continue to receive fraudulent mail telling them they have recently won a "sweepstakes prize" and asking that they cash an attached check from a FAKE bank at the recipient's local bank. Recently a citizen contacted Police after receiving one as pictured in this attachment. bankscam(1).pdf This is a scam that has been circulating for years and should be ignored. The scam is to get you to cash a fake check, which is usually referred to as "an initial or partial payment" towards your winnings. You are then asked to keep part of that payment but mail the remaining amount back as payment on the "taxes" you owe towards your winnings. In this case the victim took the steps to wait until the check had cleared, which it never does as they are FAKE... before sending or spending the money. Remember IF IT'S TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT'S PROBABLY NOT TRUE! Law Enforcement is aware of these type of scams and ask that you only report them if you've been scammed out of money or personal property.
A North Platte citizen, who placed a bid on eBay and won a Canadian Maple Leaf gold bar, reported to the Police Department, received the gold bar and found it was fake. After he attempted to return it to sender, the sender never picked it up. The gold PLATED bar (similar to the one pictured) with a Canadian Maple Leaf stamped on it also had Canadian written on it. eBay did honor a refund. The address used was 3792 Pebblecreek CT, Clarkville, TN 37040. Law enforcement in Clarkville reported that it was a very affluent neighborhood and believed that someone had falsely used this address. When purchasing or bidding on line make sure you carefully read the descriptors (i.e. "plated, clad, layered". etc.) and fine print.
The North Platte Police would like to alert citizens of a recent scam targeting customers of city utilities. Yesterday the office of Municipal Light and Water received multiple complaints from citizens concerned as they had been contacted by subjects posing as city employees attempting to collect from what they stated were “past due” bills. The caller would then attempt to get personal and bank information in an attempt to steal funds. City Hall offices or any legitimate business will NOT call over the phone and solicit that type of information and you as a consumer should NEVER give your personal information such as social security numbers, bank account to include credit or debit card information. . Law Enforcement is aware of the scam so unless you feel you have been victimized out of financial information or money it is not necessary to file a report at this time.
Senator Johanns e-Update
March 31, 2014
As tax season draws to a close, I want to alert you to an online scam affecting Nebraskans. The email scam purports to be from the Taxpayer Advocate Service, even bearing the official logo, and solicits personal information from potential victims. Text includes the following:
“Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.”
Do NOT click on any of the links if you receive an email of this nature. Instead, you can forward it to email@example.com. The above is a recent attempt by criminals to gather personal information via your email account. SO NOT RESPOND. Law Enforcement is aware of the scam so unless you feel you have been victimized out of financial information or money it is not necessary to file a report at this time.
Recently several DISH customers have reported that people claiming to be representatives of DISH have contacted them in an attempt to collect money for special promotions or upgrades. We have discovered that these callers are often asking for credit card numbers or requesting payments via Western Union or Green Dot.
This message is to remind you that DISH or any company will never call you asking for this or any other personal information or information related to your account. If you receive a call requesting a payment in exchange for a promotion or upgrade, we encourage you to disconnect the call and contact DISH directly. (800-333-3474).
As a reminder, the forms of payment that DISH accepts are:
- Credit card
- Debit card
- Electronic funds transfer
- Check by mail
- Cash through any retail store that offers:
- MoneyGram Express Payments
- IPP (In Person Payments)
- ACE Cash Express
- Western Union Prepaid Services*
*If you make a payment through Western Union, you will receive a 10-digit Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN). DISH will never ask for this number.
Again if it seems too good to be true then it probably is... Also please do not share personal information with anyone soliciting over the phone, internet or through the mail. We encourage you to report any suspicious activity with you area law enforcement, especially if you have been victimized
On Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 report was made with the North Platte Police Department involving a telephone scam. The targeted elderly victim received automated telephone calls from 402-671-0394 soliciting her mailing address. The recording reassured her that the product, a medical alert system, was already paid for and would be shipped to her at no cost to her. The victim and law enforcement both believe this was a scam to get her information that would allow the NAME UNKOWN Company to mail her product the victim did not order and then bill her for it. The complainant also advised that a family member had also received multiple similar phone calls.
Again if it seems too good to be true then it probably is... Also please do not share personal information with anyone soliciting over the phone, internet or through the mail. We encourage you to report any suspicious activity with you area law enforcement, especially if you have been victimized.