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Dubuque police remind citizens of scams

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Dubuque Police are reminding people to be aware of ongoing fradulent activity by scam artists.  There have been reports of scammers calling someone and claiming to be their loved one.  They scam artists are making up a story as to why they need cash, then trying to convince the victim to wire money immediately. 

If the victim asks a few questions and places a follow-up telephone call, it will expose the scheme and prove it fraudulent.  Remember to NEVER give your personal information or send money to anyone, unless you are absolutely positive who is receiving it.

Dubuque Police have also received reports of citizens receiving cashier's checks and money orders in the mail, with a request to cash the check or money order and then send a portion back to the person from whom they received it.  This is also a scam.

Another popular scam is to inform a person they won a lottery, sweepstakes, and in order to claim their large cash prize, they have to pay a processing fee.  The fee tends to be a few hundred dollars.  There is no prize and the scam artist takes the "processing fee" and is never heard from again.

In a press release to KWWL the Dubuque Police Department warns:

Additionally, the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) recently warned of fraudulent e-mails being sent to consumers, advising them their bank has failed.  The e-mail prompts recipients to check their deposit insurance coverage, and contains links to click on.  Clicking on these links lead to downloadable files containing password-stealing software.  If a bank fails, there's absolutely nothing the consumer has to do according to FDIC Spokesman David Barr.  Never open an e-mail if you are unsure of the sender, and never click on a link within an e-mail unless you trust the sender and know the link is legitimate.

While there are countless scams already in existence and more surfacing every day, consumers should focus on the following tips to minimize the likelihood of being victimized:

  • - Never give your personal information or money to anyone unless you are absolutely positive of the legitimacy.
  • - Never open e-mails from unknown sources and check e-mail addresses closely for authenticity. If you do open a questionable e-mail, never click on the links contained within.
  • - Make every attempt to verify the legitimacy of questionable requests, telephone calls, mailings and e-mails.
  • - If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

They are also asking you to use common sense regarding these scams.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires
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