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TIPS ON AVOIDING FRAUDULENT CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION SCHEME
Throughout the year events will occur which may prompt individuals with
criminal intent to solicit for contributions for a charitable organization
and/or a good cause. When donating, consumers should consider the following:
Do not respond to
unsolicited (SPAM) e-mail.
Be skeptical of
individuals representing themselves as officials soliciting via e-mail for
Do not click on
links contained within an unsolicited e-mail.
Be cautious of
e-mail claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as the files may
contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders.
contributions are received and used for intended purposes, make
contributions directly to recognized organizations rather than relying on
others to make the donation on your behalf.
legitimacy of the organization by directly accessing the recognized charity
or aid organization's website rather than following an alleged link to the
Attempt to verify
the legitimacy of the non-profit status of the organization by using various
Internet-based resources, which also may assist in confirming the actual
existence of the organization.
Do not provide
personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions:
providing such information may compromise your identity and open you to
To obtain more information on charitable contribution schemes, please
Fair Lawn Police
Department Detective Bureau.
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ALERTS PUBLIC ABOUT ONLINE EXTORTION SCAM
Scam Includes Hit-Man Threat
The Mobile office of the FBI wants to advise the public of an online
extortion scam in which the e-mail recipients are threatened with death by a
hit-man. This scam began last December, however, local residents are now
receiving these e-mails.
As recently as July 5, 2007, a Mobile resident received an e-mail
message which stated that the sender had been hired to "terminate" the
recipient, however for $8000 the individual will not carry through on the
termination. The e-mail also indicates that they have been following or
watching the victim. They are also provided instructions not to notify law
enforcement or family members, because the employer of the hit-man may be a
family member of friend of the victim.
To date over 500
complaints have been filed with the FBI's International Crime Complaint
Center (IC3) since this scam emerged. The FBI advises this is a scam and
recipients should not respond to these e-mails. Replying sends a signal to
the sender that they have reached a live account, and it can also escalate
the intimidation. The underlying message in these scams is to pay the
sender or risk the alternative.
And there is a twist to this scam, other e-mails are being sent which
state that an individual was recently arrested for the murders of several
United States and United Kingdom citizens in relation to this matter. That
e-mail goes on to state the recipient's information was found on the subject
identifying the recipient as the next victim, and the recipient is asked to
reply in order to assist in the investigation.
The message from the FBI is that recipients of these e-mails should
delete them, do NOT respond, and to file a complaint through the
IC3.gov website. Due
to the threat of violence in these extortion e-mails, if an individual
receives an e-mail that contains personal information that might
differentiate their e-mail from the general e-mail spam campaign, the
recipient should contact the FBI immediately at 251-438-3674.
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ALERTS PUBLIC ABOUT FRAUDULENT SPAM EMAIL
Justice Department Urges Public Not to Respond to Email
WASHINGTON – The
Department of Justice has recently become aware of fraudulent spam e-mail
messages claiming to be from DOJ. Based upon complaints from the public, it
is believed that the fraudulent messages are addressed "Dear Citizen." The
messages are believed to assert that the recipients or their businesses have
been the subject of complaints filed with DOJ and also forwarded to the
Internal Revenue Service. In addition, such email messages may provide a
case number, and state that the complaint was "filled [sic] by Mr. Henry
Stewart." A DOJ logo may appear at the top of the email message or in an
attached file. Finally, the message may include an attachment that
supposedly contains a copy of the complaint and contact information for Mr.
MESSAGES ARE A HOAX. DO NOT RESPOND.
The Department of
Justice did not send these unsolicited email messages — and would not send
such messages to the public via email. Similar hoaxes have been recently
perpetrated in the names of various governmental entities, including the
Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Trade Commission, and the
Internal Revenue Service. Email users should be especially wary of
unsolicited warning messages that purport to come from U.S. governmental
agencies directing them to click on file attachments or to provide sensitive
These spam email
messages are bogus and should be immediately deleted. Computers may be put
at risk simply by an attempt to examine these messages for signs of fraud.
It is possible that by "double-clicking" on attachments to these messages,
recipients will cause malicious software – e.g., viruses, keystroke loggers,
or other Trojan horse programs – to be launched on their computers.
Do not open any
attachment to such messages. Delete the e-mail. Empty the deleted items
have received this, or a similar hoax, please file a complaint at
www.ic3.gov. Within the complaint, please list "DOJ
in the "Business
field of the complaint, where complainants are directed to place the name of
the business which has victimized them, as this will allow the IC3 to easily
retrieve and process these complaints.
Consumers can learn
more about protecting themselves from malicious spyware and bogus e-mails at
OnGuardOnline.gov, a Web site created by the Department of Justice in
partnership with other federal agencies and the technology industry to help
consumers stay safe online. The site features modules on spyware and
Consumers can also
obtain information on Internet safety at
Posted 08/15/2006 -
New credit card scam......This one
is pretty slick since they provide YOU with all the information, except the one
piece they want. In this scam, the callers do not ask for your credit card
number (they already have it.)
The scam works like this: a person
calling says, "This is (name), and I'm calling from the Security and Fraud
Department at VISA. My Badge number is 12460. Your card has been flagged for an
unusual purchase pattern, and I'm calling to verify. This would be on your VISA
card which was issued by (name of your bank). Did you purchase an
Anti-Telemarketing Device for $497.99 from a Marketing company based in
Arizona?" When you say "No", the caller continues with, "Then we will be
issuing a credit to your account. This is a company we have been watching and
the charges range from $297 to $497, just under the $500 purchase pattern that
flags most cards. Before your
next statement, the credit will be sent to (gives you your address), is that
You say "yes". The caller continues - "I will be starting a fraud
investigation. If you have any questions, you should call the 1- 800 number
listed on the back of your card (1-800-VISA) and ask for Security.
You will need to refer to this Control Number. The caller then gives you a 6
digit number. "Do you need me to read it again?"
Here's the important part on how the scam works. The caller then says, "I need
to verify you are in possession of your card". He'll ask you to "turn your card
over and look for some numbers". There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are part of
your card number, the next 3 are the security numbers that verify you are the
possessor of the card. These are the numbers you sometimes use to make Internet
purchases to prove you have the card. The caller will ask you to read the 3
numbers to him. After you tell the caller the 3 numbers, he'll say, "That is
correct, I just needed to verify that the card has not been lost or stolen, and
that you still have your card. Do you have any other questions?" After you say
No, the caller then thanks you and states, "Don't hesitate to call back if you
do", and hangs up.
You actually say very little, and they never ask for or tell you the card
number. Long story - short - What the scammers want is the 3-digit PIN number
on the back of the card. Don't give it to them. Instead, tell them you'll call
VISA or Master card directly for
verification of their conversation. If you give the scammers your 3 digit pin
number, you think you're receiving a credit. However, by the time you get your
statement you'll see charges for purchases you didn't make.
Posted 05/19/2006 - Spoofcard
is one of several companies selling phone cards where
the caller can type in the number they
want the caller ID to display. According to the
advertisement, the caller's voice can be enhanced and
altered in real time disguising who they are. You can image the type of
calls you might receive and the fraudulent caller ID's that could be
displayed…..and all for very little money. Be
cautious and give out no information over the phone.
Posted 03/15/2006 -
In this scam, the criminal calls your
home pretending to be a court official. The
criminal, in a
informs you that there is a warrant for your
arrest because you failed to show for jury duty.
The caller then claims to be a jury
coordinator and attempts to gain your confidence
by assisting you with the matter. If you
protest that you never received a summons for
jury duty, the criminal asks for your social
security number and date of birth so they can
verify the information and cancel the arrest
Please do not give out any information to
anyone posing as a member of the Jury System.
This scam is
because they use intimidation over the
telephone in attempt to force people into
providing personal information while pretending
they are members of the court system.