The Dover Police Department is issuing a warning about recent phone scams that several citizens have reported to us. Often times, these calls are from overseas, primarily Africa, despite the caller using a local or United States phone .
Because they are overseas, there is little that can be done for victims who send money to the people running these scams. Below are several examples of recent scams that have been reported to the Dover Police Department in the last several months:.
No court representative will phone your home asking for money. If you are called, do not give out any personal or financial information. Be on alert and report calls.
The first is an online ad, especially on Craigslist, that claims an owner of several puppies is on a church mission to another country and simply cannot take care of the dogs any longer. They claim the puppies are free, but ask to split the shipping costs with the victim. The person will even send a fraudulent shipping label to make it appear legitimate, and request a wire transfer of funds for shipping.
The second variation of this scam is a person s claiming to have puppies for sale locally. Once the victim shows interest in the dogs for sale, the person will request a wire transfer deposit to hold the dog until it is ready to be picked up.
This scam occurs when a person calls the victim, often times from a Washington D. The caller usually states that by paying a sum of money, they can dismiss the warrant and the charges against the person. Often times, in a panic, the victim will provide payment information or wire money to avoid arrest.
No IRS representative will phone your home asking for money. If you are concerned, you can hang up and call your local IRS office to verify your status. Never send money by phone or wire transfer when contacted.
Similar to the puppy scam, there are several false ed to these sites every day. When a victim shows interest in an item, the seller will ask for a money transfer to ship the item, often times claiming to be out of state or overseas.
The victim will send the payment for an item that never arrives, and more than likely never existed in the first place. There have been several recent cases where online sales have led to dangerous and sometimes deadly encounters with persons they meet for a sale.
The Dover Police Department encourages sellers and buyers to avoid meeting at a persons home to make a transaction. Instead, meet the seller or buyer in a well lit and heavily populated area such as a rest area, gas station, or shopping center. House for Rent Scam: The rental home scam has cost several people in and around Dover thousands of dollars.
The scam is often the result of a false ad placed on Craigslist or real estate websites. The person placing the ad will use actual addresses and photos of a home they obtain from sources such as Google Maps and legitimate real estate sites. The person usually claims to be out of state or overseas for work or other purposes and uses this reason as the excuse not to meet the interested party.
The person will request a security deposit and rent in exchange for keys to the property that was never theirs to begin with. The victim, often times in a hurry to find a place to live, will wire the money and potentially lose thousands of dollars on a home they will never reside in.
Arrested On Vacation Scam : The vacation arrest scam often targets senior citizens and their love for their grandchildren. Often times, the victim who is typically an elderly person, will wire the money believing they are helping their family. Many of these calls are from overseas and once money is sent, there is little that can be done for the victims.
The department reminds the public to be alert when it comes to these situations and never send money over the phone or wire transfer without verifying if the claims are legitimate. For more information about telephone and scams, please visit the following site: Federal Trade Commission Phone Scams.
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