Spearfish Police Department sees increase in phone scams - KOTA Territory News

Spearfish Police Department sees increase in phone scams

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Below is a release sent out by the Spearfish Police Department regarding a phone scam.

 

The Spearfish Police Department has seen a recent increase in phone based financial scams in the area. Many times these callers will represent themselves as law enforcement or hospital staff speaking to you on behalf of an "injured" relative that can't speak for his or her self and will target residents of elderly and assisted living housing complexes. The most recent one being in the form of a phone call advising that the victim's grandson had been in an accident and needed money wired to him. The victim cooperated and gave a credit card number to the caller. Once the incident was reported to a relative of the victim, a cancellation was done on the card before any funds could be drawn off of it.


It is very important that the public be aware of these types of scams. Do not give out financial or personal information over the phone in this type of situation. Fraternal law enforcement organizations (Fraternal Order of Police and other organizations) do occasionally use telephone marketing for fundraising efforts. However, they should not be asking you for personal or financial data over the telephone and you can confirm if they are a legitimate organization by contacting your local law enforcement agency.


The bottom line is that you should not participate in any email or telephone based financial transactions that were not started by you or in those that you have not yet confirmed the legitimacy of the caller.

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