Fraud by Swindle
Three recent fraud reports highlight the importance of staying vigilant and educating older family members.
Victim number one received a phone call from an unknown person who stated there was a warrant out for her arrest
and in order to avoid being jailed, needed to pay a fine with a prepaid credit card. The victim reported the male said he was in Iowa, but wanted the pre-paid credit cards to an address on the east coast. When the officer asked the victim if they felt it was suspicious, they thought it might be but they were not sure. Law Enforcement will never
call and tell you there is a warrant out for your arrest.
Victim number two reports she sent about $210,000 to her online boyfriend who lives overseas somewhere and needed money to negotiate a contract with the Chinese government. The victim’s financial institution was able to stop a $90,000 transfer. She emptied her 401K and lost approximately $120,000. She will also need to pay taxes in 2020 for the money she withdrew this year, so in addition to losing $120,000 she will have to pay taxes. The victim, who is over age sixty, is by no means elderly fell for the scam and gave money to a complete stranger.
Victim number three reports she was scammed out of four, $100 iTunes gift cards after a “friend” on Facebook told her how she could get $200,000 by going to a website and “signing up”. The “friend said all she needed to do was send $5,000 but when the victim said she did not have that much, she was conned into sending iTunes gift cards. The conversation and transaction was by electronic messaging. When she called the friend in question, she discovered it was not the person that contacted her and realized she was scammed.
Anytime a stranger, someone you have never met in person, asks for money, block them immediately. Check your credit history. A resident reported they checked credit report and discovered they owned a home, much to their surprise.
Recovering from true identity theft is tedious and time consuming. Visit www.ftc.gov
for more consumer tips.
Anoka County Law Day
Ever wonder how our judicial system works? Are crimes solved in one hour like you might see on Law and Order?
Anoka County Law Day is Friday, April 26 from 9AM to 3PM at the Anoka Courthouse and Government Center located at 2100 3rd
Avenue, Anoka.More information
April is Distracted Driving Month
Extra patrols are out statewide as part of a distracted driving campaign.More information
National Drug Take Back Day
The Blaine Police Department are hosting a drug take back day which coincides with the National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27 from 10AM to 2PM at Blaine City Hall. No appointment is necessary, drive up service will be available.
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