2011-01-11 / General

Police Warn Of Another ‘Overseas’ Money Scam

The Indiana State Police, along with law enforcement departments right here in Owen County, frequently receive inquiries into the validity of telephone, cell phone, U.S. mail, and online notifications telling the receiving person(s) they have been selected as a winner for substantial amounts of money. Nearly all of the notifications originate from overseas criminal enterprises and require you to send all of your inquiries and responses overseas as well.

In the latest round of rouses to target Hoosiers, potential victims are told they have won a “Bonus Lottery Promotion Prize Award” and this is the “Final Winning Notification.” The target persons are then advised to contact an overseas e-mail address and provide personal banking information so their bogus winnings can be deposited directly into their account. Armed with your banking information, the criminal enterprises will then have the ability to withdraw money from victim’s accounts, instead of depositing funds.

While most citizens are aware of these scams, there may be some unsuspecting person who responds to this request and have the possibility of losing money from their bank accounts. Therefore, residents are reminded to never provide personal or banking information to someone you don’t know, do not respond to unknown requests for information and should you become the victim of a suspected scam, contact law enforcement. Remember, the lure of easy money can be devastating to your financial stability.

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