MASSENA - Massena Police Chief Timmy J. Currier says that, in recent days, there seems to be increased occurrences of emails scams being sent out where the author of the email portrays themselves to be someone that you know and they report they have been the victim of a robbery while traveling.
In some cases it is oversees travel and in others, travel within the United States, according to the chief.
The email goes on to state that the author of the email has received very little assistance from law enforcement and they have no money or ability to get back home, he said.
What makes these scams more believable is that in many cases the person they are pretending to be is currently or has very recently traveling, Mr. Currier said.
Unfortunately we must take every precaution we can against this type of activity, be it an email scam or the recently popular telephone scam where the caller pretended to be in trouble and in jail and needed bail money, he said.
Should you receive such an email or phone call, it is very likely a scam, the chie fwarned. Should you decide to act you will lose the money you send and there is nearly no chance to recover it or for law enforcement to be able to assist you, he said.
These type of scams prey on peoples decency and good will, so we must take a step back when we receive such an email or phone call and determine if it is legitimate, Mr. Currier said.
He advised individuals to take prudent and necessary steps to confirm the story by calling the law enforcement agency involved. You can always call relatives of this person to confirm it as well, he said.
Do not, under any circumstances send money or give out credit card or banking information in cases where you have not confirmed it 100 percent, Mr. Currier suggested.
Let there be no doubt and lets be clear, these type of phone calls and emails are almost always a scam, he said.
For more information on avoiding scams and identity theft, go tohttp://onguardonline.gov/ or www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft2012/.
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