9-23-14 HOTEL SCAM
Anyone traveling should be aware of this one!
You arrive at your hotel and check in at the front desk. Typically when checking in, you give the front desk your credit card (for any charges to your room).
You go to your room and settle in. All is good. The hotel receives a call and the caller asks for (as an example) room 620 - which happens to be your room.
The phone rings in your room. You answer and the person on the other end says the following: 'This is the front desk. When checking in, we came across a problem with your charge card information. Please re-read me your credit card numbers and verify the last 3 digits numbers at the reverse side of your charge card.'
Not thinking anything wrong, since the call seems to come from the front desk you oblige. But actually, it is a scam by someone calling from outside the hotel. They have asked for a random room number, then ask you for your credit card and address information. They sound so professional, that you think you are talking to the front desk.
If you ever encounter this scenario on your travels, tell the caller you will be down to the front desk to clear up any problems. Then, go to the front desk or call directly and ask if there was a problem. If there was none, inform the manager of the hotel that someone tried to scam you of your credit card information, acting like a front desk employee.
8-21-14 AREA TELEPHONE SCAM
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is issuing a warning to the public regarding a sophisticated telephone scam that has continued to surface locally. The scam involves a caller who claims to be a representative of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Warrant division, who then informs the call recipient of an outstanding warrant for their arrest that requires immediate payment. The caller will threaten arrest if the recipient does not supply a credit card number or other immediate money transfer for payment.
The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department does not handle warrant information or payment over the phone for any reason. Anyone who receives such a call is discouraged from sending money to the caller and to quickly disconnect the phone call.
Anyone who has fallen victim to this scam is asked to contact your local Sheriff’s Service Center to receive options on how to report the incident. Sheriff’s Service Center locations and hours can be found at www.sacsheriff.com.
ELK GROVE POLICE WARN OF PHONE SCAMS
08-15-14, ELK GROVE, CA – The Elk Grove Police Department would like to warn members of the community about various types of phone scams that have recently surfaced in the Elk Grove.
These scam artists are contacting potential victims and utilizing different "techniques" in order to obtain funds. The scam artists explain that the victim has won a significant prize (money, trips and/or vehicles) but a "processing fee" is required. The scammer indicates that the prize will be finalized after the processing fee is paid. This processing fee can be several hundred dollars or several thousand dollars. The scammer will then request that the victim purchase a pre-paid debit card or a wire transfer as a method of paying the processing fee. When the unsuspecting victim makes the payment, the scammer promises to deliver the prize in a few days, but the delivery never happens.
Scammers have also called potential victims claiming to be representatives of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or local law enforcement. The potential victims are told they owe money to the IRS or law enforcement agency and it must be paid promptly through a pre-paid debit card or a wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. Local law enforcement agencies and the IRS will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor will they request that a payment be made using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.
Below are some tips on preventing phone scams:
· Legitimate lotteries and contests will never ask you to pay a fee to collect a prize.
· In general, never give anyone bank account information or credit card information over the phone.
· Check any unfamiliar area codes before returning calls. There are many 3-digit area codes that connect callers to international telephone numbers.
· Never trust callers who use threats and/or hostility to force you into doing what they want. This is a tactic many scammers use.