2014-02-28 / Columnists

Scam Alert

Whether by e-mail, phone or in your mailbox, there is nothing new about scams. Only the technology has changed.

Recently 100th Precinct Community Council President Danny Ruscillo shared information about a recent scam.

Precinct Captain Craig Adelman “received an email from a resident who stated he received a letter in the mail with a small check,” Ruscillo said. The man “was told to cash this check and provide info on his bank account. It’s basically a scam.”

Common scams involve providing personal information to allegedly claim unexpected funds, avoid bogus service cutoffs, supposedly update account information or claim prizes for taking a survey.

Suspect e-mail scams often contain requests to click on unknown links, open attachments to ‘important’ or ‘requested’ documents or get further information about celebrity gossip, looming unnamed political scandals, personal arrest records or “terrible things people are saying about you online.”

Ruscillo warned residents “to NOT give out any personal information, including credit card, bank account or Social Security numbers to anyone over the phone or to send information in the mail to unknown persons.”

“If they feel they are a victim of a scam, or would like further information on the latest scams,” he said they should “contact PO Erich Hilmer, our Crime Prevention Officer at 718-318-4211 or email him at Erich.hilmer@nypd.org.”

Suspected scam mailings come under the jurisdiction of the US Postal Service. The toll free number for the Postal Police is 877-876- 2455.

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