Police say never wire money
While many citizens are aware of the various scams that are circuiting the nation, individuals instigating the scams continually modify and enhance their scamming techniques. A recent scam was reported to the Apache Junction Police Department that mimics the Nigerian scam with additional features.
The reported incident involved a citizen receiving an email portraying to be communications from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). The communication informed the recipient that they had won a U.S. lottery and that the funds had been deposited into an account with Bank of America. The recipient was informed that they were required to pay associated fees for the deposit and conversion fees via money wiring.
The communication never referred to the required payment as a money order, used real FBI addresses, names and the seal and appeared very official. Fraudulent scam emails claiming to be from the FBI have also taken the form of demanding information and requiring a fee for a certificate of ownership.
Citizens report that some of the emails threaten imprisonment or fines being assessed for failure to comply.
The Apache Junction Police Department reminds residents:
- Never wire money—legitimate sweepstakes and prize offers do not ask for payment upfront
- Never agree to an offer because they say you must decide immediately—legitimate companies allow time to decide
- Never commit before receiving the details in writing—if it is legitimate, there should be no issue putting the offer in writing
- Never give money to a charitable organization without looking into the group, and verifying the nonprofit status
- Never provide your Social Security number, or other financial information
- If you receive information that a friend or family member is in danger, contact that family member
- Never deposit a check that requires you to wire a portion back.