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International Scam Defrauds Resident of $6K

Warren police receive two reports of fraud Tuesday.

Warren Township police are investigating two incidents of fraud reported Tuesday, one involving an international scam that netted $6,665 from a resident.

Police said a Mountain View Road resident reported being contacted by someone claiming to need money for a relative in Peru. The resident sent the money, but it turned out to be a false claim.

Police also received a reported incident of identity theft from the checking account of a William Penn Road resident. The resident said $399.97 had been fraudulently withdrawn from the account.

With incidents of identity theft becoming more commonplace, police say its important to be vigilant with account information. Warren Police Capt. Robert Glen recommends regularly checking bank and credit card accounts to keep an eye out for any attempts at fraudulent transactions.

And to avoid international scams, Glen said to avoid sending funds to anyone that you either don't know or can't confirm their story.

A typical fraud of this type begins with a plea by email or phone from someone claiming to either be a relative or a friend traveling overseas needing money immediately because of lost traveler's checks or stolen credit cards, or to clear up a legal matter. The victim feels pressured to respond because of the immediacy, but learns too late of the fraud. 

AXXEL KNUTSON January 31, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Additionally anyone using Craig'sList to sell stuff can pretty much count on being contacted by people who are for sure frauds. They often do not respond to the actual item you are selling, have no qualms about your selling price and are willing to send you checks, cashiers' check, etc., but usually they are phishing around for account information and in particular Pal Pal info.
John Patten (Editor) January 31, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Thanks, Axxel--it's good to remind people that Craigslist is designed for face-to-face sales, not distance buying, as eBay is. There are protections built into eBay that do not exist in Craigslist, which is also completely unmonitored.

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