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Crime Prevention Bulletin — Internet Fraud Update
The following is a Crime Prevention Bulletin from the Department of Public Safety.
This is a follow-up to an email that was sent on Sept. 26 regarding a reported Internet fraud. An individual going by the name of Tom Sweeney advertised a position as a personal assistant, sent responders a fraudulent check to deposit into their personal accounts, and asked them to withdraw and send back a portion of the money.
There have been several more complaints concerning the Internet Fraud Bulletin involving an individual by the name of Tom Sweeney. It is believed that this individual is now using the name:
COMSTOCK OIL & GAS LP
5300 TOWN & COUNTRY BLVD Suite 500
FRISCO, TX 75034
The fraudulent check is from COMERICA BANK, PO BOX 7500 Detroit, MI, 48275.
Original complaints throughout the campus community of this Internet fraud were concerning a business opportunity as a ''personal assistant" job position. The sender was 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: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Cell phone number is (405) 586-0480.
What Can Happen:
1. You deposit the check and he instructs you to keep a certain amount and send him the rest. After you send him the money, the bank tells you that the check is a fraud. Now you are responsible for the funds withdrawn.
2. 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.
3. You are left with the assumption of having a balance that 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.
Department of Public Safety