Reporting Fraud to the FTC
Last week a member of the Blaine Police Department community outreach unit attended a symposium by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Minnesota Attorney General's Office.
The event highlighted how much the FTC does to try and protect consumers. While they cannot help resolve each individual’s complaint, they do gather reports and have prosecuted large scale scam operations.
They also work closely with the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. District Attorney office.Learn more about how to file a complaint.
Speaking of scams, here is a look at a recent email scam that came into the police department.
Good day, My Name is Sgt. Maj. Timothy Metheny, I'm an American Soldier, serving Under the 1st Armored division in an advisory and counter-terrorism capacity and Peace keeping force deployed to Kabul,Afghanistan.I wish to solicit for your assistance to enable me finalize a shipment. I have some important items ready for urgent shipment, I need you to help receive it for safe keeping as long as i am
assured that this items will be safe in your care. Please get back to me for detailed information through my private mail (email@example.com) I will be more detailed when i get a response from you. Be assured that you will be greatly rewarded for your service, the items are legitimate and risk free.
Yours in service,
Sgt. Maj. Timothy Metheny
Delete and block these types of emails and never respond to them.
More Scams in the Area
Another recent scam report took place just north of Anoka County. The victim was instructed to purchase three $1,500 gift cards from Target and provide the numbers to an unidentified caller in order to clear them of a possible homicide investigation.
Whenever someone calls and asks you to purchase a gift card of any kind, under the guise of threats or jail time, it is fake.
If you have elderly relatives that live alone, have a conversation about what these scams are and how avoid falling victim to them.