DULUTH – Crime News – Scams and frauds across the Internet are huge problems both in Canada and in the United States.
In the last few weeks the Duluth Police Department has received several reports relating to money transfer scams. These scams have come in a couple of forms including job postings placed on employment websites and people being contacted regarding large lottery/prize awards that they have supposedly won.
These scams bilk the victims out of thousands of dollars. The perpetrators are sophisticated and as such, they network through multiple layers of concealment making their identity and location virtually impossible to find.
This is not a problem that is specific to Duluth and there has been no particular uptick, but given the high dollar value of one of the incidents, and in the interest of protecting our citizens from being victimized, the Duluth Police Department would like raise awareness of this issue and provide some basic tips to prevent being scammed.
The best method to combat this costly crime is prevention.
There are many different wire transfer scams and the victim may be approached by email, by US mail, by a phone call, by a text message, or through a newspaper or internet sales advertisement. The common thread in these scams is that the victims are directed to
wire-transfer funds via Western Union or Moneygram. The following tips can help protect you from wire transfer fraud:
- Always remember that wiring money is like sending cash. When you send it, it’s gone and you cannot get it back.
- Never wire money to someone you do not know.
- Never deposit a check from someone who tells you to wire some of the money back to them.
- Never wire money to someone who says that money transfer is the only acceptable form of payment.
- Never send money to receive money.
Further information on wire transfer and other scams is available from the US Postal Inspection Service at www.postalinspectors.uspis.gov; the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at www.ic3.gov; the Moneygram Fraud Prevention Center, www.moneygram-preventfraud.com; and Western Union Consumer Protection at www.westernunion.com/sites/us/consumer-protection/ConsumerProtection.page