November 14, 2007 Here are just a few additional examples of scams that have targeted local citizens, some successfully and some not. Just hang up the phone, delete the email or throw away the letter if they at all resemble these incidents.
•You are told you've won a lottery that you never entered. This is a scam.
•You receive a mailing that you're the winner of a cash prize from a magazine. Once you contact them, they claim the prize has changed and request your credit card number. This is a scam.
•An email arrives in your inbox claiming that you've won a gift certificate to your favorite store. Just complete the link with all your personal information so they can send it out. This is a scam.
•You're offered an online job that requires you to deposit American Express Travelers Cheques in your bank account, keep ten percent for your pay and then wire the money via Western Union, often overseas, to the employer. The cheques are counterfeit and you're out thousands of dollars. This is a scam.
•You receive a reward survey from a bank. In this instance, it was the Farmers and Mechanic Bank. You'll receive a $50 reward for completing the survey which asks for all your personal information including credit card numbers. This is a scam.
•You're asked to be a mystery shopper. The letter includes a counterfeit check which you are to deposit in your account. You are to then evaluate the service of a Money Gram employee at a store like Wal-Mart by wiring the funds to Canada. You are to keep some of the money as payment. This is a scam.
•You receive a phone call from the 'Nationwide Verification System' claiming that your personal information is floating around on the Internet and they wish to remove it. To do so, the representative asks for your bank account number. This is a scam.