Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office Warns of Recent Scam, Offers Tips to Avoid Being a Victim – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio
AUGLAIZE CO. – Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office urges residents to be diligent in protecting themselves from scams.
Over the past few months, the sheriff’s office has said it has collected numerous scam reports with a total financial loss of nearly $ 100,000.
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“It is imperative that our citizens are proactive in protecting themselves because once the scam has taken place the damage can be irreversible,” the sheriff’s office said.
The Sheriff’s Office has published a list of a few tactics that crooks often use:
- Scammers claim to be from an organization you know or companies whose products you own (Amazon, eBay, Walmart.) They are relying on the likelihood that you are associated with these companies.
- Scammers will usually tell you that there is a problem or a price. They will usually want you to pay an amount to clear your name or pay a fee to get a prize. “Pay to win” is a good sign, it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
- Act of swindler with urgency. They use fear and intimidation to force you to make a bad decision. They will also tell you that you cannot discuss the incident with your family, banks, accountants, law enforcement or you will have other problems.
- The crooks are looking to get paid in ways that don’t make sense. In most cases, scammers will ask someone to purchase gift cards and immediately send them the photos of the ID numbers. Scammers commonly use this technique because it is quick and unobtainable.
- The crooks who call and claim that they are from Microsoft or some other tech company who will state that there is a problem with your computer. They will then tell you over the phone how to access a website to access your computer remotely. Once they have control of your computer, they will search for financial information with the aim of exploiting you.
- Be careful because crooks can “spoof” phone numbers that make it look like an organization is calling from their real number. If you have a bad feeling, hang up and call the number directly
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The crooks will attack all fronts through phone calls, emails, texts and written letters, the sheriff’s office said.
“The tactics and techniques used by crooks are constantly changing to continue to steal money from unsuspecting victims,” according to the sheriff’s office.
To avoid their tactics, people are encouraged to never give out personal information over the phone, and if you feel someone is trying to rip you off, talk to someone you trust to handle the information by them.
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