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Imposters! They call and pose as your grandchild, your neighbor, your pastor, or even a government entity all in an effort to convince you to send them “emergency funds.” Scammers have become very adept at obtaining your personal information. According to the Federal Trade Commission, “It could be hard to recognize an imposter through the lies they tell. They use a variety of tricks to get your attention, whether it’s distracting you with a story or about the money you won or fear that you’ll be sued or arrested.”
These scammers usually ask for the funds in the form of Google Play cards, Visa gift cards, or even Western Union wire transfers. According to the FTC, here are a few ways to avoid being a victim:
No legitimate government official will ask you to send money to claim a prize or pay a debt.
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be your family member asking for a wire transfer – you should independently contact the relative the scam artist is claiming to be at a known phone number to verify the details of the story.
If you have been the victim of a scam, contact the Danville Police Department and your financial institution right away.
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