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Crime Prevention Bulletin — Internet Fraud
The following is a Crime Prevention Bulletin from the Department of Public Safety.
The Public Safety Department has received several complaints from throughout the campus community of an Internet fraud concerning a business opportunity as a “personal assistant” job position.
The sender has been using the name of Tom Sweeney. We advise you to beware of this Internet scam. Please be careful not to respond to this ad and to contact the Department of Public Safety if you have been responding or corresponding with this individual. The e-mail addresses listed for this scam are as follows: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Cell phone number is (405) 586-0480.
The scam works like this: He will send you a check via United States Postal Service priority mail in an envelope with a fraudulent tracking number. He will send a check for a certain amount, usually over $1,000, with instructions for you to deposit the check into your personal account and wait 24 hours before you withdraw and send him back half the amount requested.
What can happen:
1.When the cashier’s check is deposited before you are able to withdraw the amount requested, you are then giving him a chance to obtain your personal information and bank account routing number by sending him a personal check or being contacted via phone.
2. You are left with the assumption of having a balance which you do not have, causing penalties from your bank for insufficient funds.
Tips for Avoiding Internet Fraud
Do business with those you know and trust.
Understand the offer.
Check out the company’s or individual’s track record.
Never give your bank account numbers, credit card numbers or other personal information.
Take your time.
Don’t be fooled by how nice and flashy a website may seem.
Understand people in cyberspace may not always be what they seem.
Know that unsolicited e-mail violates computer etiquette and is often used by con artists.
Don’t download programs to see pictures, hear music, or get features from websites you’re not familiar with.
Department of Public Safety