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Recognizing a Scam.

Most scam attempts involve one or more of the following:

  • An email or text from someone that is not in your local area.
  • A vague initial inquiry (Example:  asking about "the item").
  • Poor grammar and spelling.
  • A transfer of money through Western Union, Money Gram, Cashier's Check, Money Order, PayPal, iTunes, purchasing a gift card or an escrow service.
  • You are sent a cashier's check or money order and are asked to keep part of the funds and wire a partial amount of the funds back to them.
  • You are not able to meet with the person face-to-face to complete the transaction.
Tips to Avoiding a Scam.
  • Deal locally and face-to-face
  • Never give out your financial information (bank account numbers, social security number, online banking credentials, PayPal account information, etc...)
  • Beware of offers involving shipping
  • Don't wire funds to someone asking you to wire a partial amount of the money they paid you thru a check.
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