Casper Police: Scams Are Back Again, So Watch Out
These things keep coming back to bug you like bad burritos.
Once again, the Casper Police Department and other law enforcement agencies are cautioning the community about various scams making the rounds because they receive reports about them weekly.
These are the recently reported scams. Unlike bad burritos that give you indigestion, these deceptions can ruin you financially.
A con artist calls the victim and poses as a relative in distress or someone claiming to represent the relative. The "relative" of the grandparent explains they are in trouble and needs their grandparent to wire them funds that will be used for bail money, lawyer’s fees, hospital bills, or another fictitious expense.
Criminals pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information.
The IRS will not:
- Call you to demand immediate payment.
- Call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
- Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
- Require that you pay your taxes a certain way such as with a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to call the police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.
ARREST WARRANT SCAM:
Scammers create a fake Caller ID, which allows them to call you and appear to be calling from a local police, sheriff or other law enforcement agency. They say there is a warrant out for your arrest, but that you can pay a fine in order to avoid criminal charges. They don't take credit cards. Instead, they ask for a Western Union Moneygram, other wire transfer, or prepaid debit card.
Sweepstakes scammers are experts at convincing you that you have won a prize and need to pay them to receive it. One of their most successful tactics is to disguise themselves as legitimate companies that really do offer huge prizes. Because people are familiar with the company mimicked by the scammers, they are more likely to falsely believe they have really won a prize.
If you get a call from someone you don’t know who is trying to sell you something you hadn’t planned to buy, say "No thanks."
If they pressure you about giving up personal information — like your credit card or Social Security number — it’s likely a scam.
Hang up and report it to the Federal Trade Commission. You can do this by going to their website or calling them at 1-888-382-1222.
Make sure your home and cell phone are on the Do Not Call Registry. You can register your numbers at www.donotcall.gov. If you are on the registry and receive a call Hang Up and report them to the above website.