South Bend Police Department Press Release

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

 

Fraud Alert: Money Wire Scam

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There is a unique fraud that has been noted in several areas of Northern Indiana, in which a telephone caller will obtain the name of an elderly person's adult grandchild- or some such relative- and claim to have been involved in an accident or legal problem in Canada. The caller then requests that the victim wire them money. Some individuals have wired money believing that the caller was indeed a relative in distress only to find out later that the entire story was a hoax and they have not only lost funds, but there is very little chance of ever recovering them.

It is unknown at this time exactly how the subjects who are committing these frauds are selecting the victims or obtaining the personal data, however this is yet another reason to not be too free with personal information. On-line personal web pages and sites should be restricted and detailed explanations regarding family members should not be shared with the world.

Citizens are urged to always verify the information they are being told when contacted by "long-lost relatives" or any persons soliciting funds.





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