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Duluth Police Issue Warning on Money Transfer Scams, Tips to Protect Yourself

Updated: 02/22/2014 1:11 PM
Created: 02/22/2014 1:07 PM WDIO.com

Authorities are issuing a warning about possible money transfer scams they say are costing victims thousands of dollars.

The Duluth Police Department has received several reports about the scams. They said they come in forms including job postings on employment websites, and being contacted about a lottery or prize award.

Authorities said the perpetrators are sophisticated and they network through many layers of concealment so their identity and location is nearly impossible to track. The problem is not specific to Duluth, and there has been no particular uptick, but given the high dollar value of one of the incidents and the interest of protecting the community, authorities said they want to raise awareness.

Duluth police want to provide some basic tips to prevent you from being scammed:

  • Always remember that wiring money is like sending cash, and that when you send it, it’s gone and you can’t get it back
  • Never wire money to someone you do not know
  • Never deposit a check from someone who tells you to wire some of the money back to them
  • Never wire money to someone who says that money transfer is the only acceptable form of payment
  • Never send money to receive money

Authorities said there are many different wire transfer scams and that you may be approached by email, mail, phone, text message, or through a newspaper or internet sales advertisement. They said thread you would likely be directed to wire-transfer funds via Western Union or Moneygram.

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