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Police Warn of Phone, Internet Scams

Alameda police are warning the public about internet and telephone scams after a fraud report earlier this week.

Alameda police are warning the public about internet and telephone scams after a fraud report earlier this week.

Alameda Police are warning the public about Internet and telephone scams after a report earlier this week from a grandmother defrauded by someone pretending to be her grandson and requesting money over the telephone.

According to police logs, on Monday, an Alameda woman was contacted over the telephone by a man claiming to be her grandson. The man said he had been in a traffic collision and needed money wired to him. The woman sent the money but subsequently realized that she was the victim of a scam.

Police say that once the money is sent pursuant to one of these scams, it is almost impossible to recover it.

The Alameda Police department has provided these guidelines:

You may be getting pulled into a scam…

  • If the caller is warning you to act now or you will miss out on an opportunity.
  • You are being asked to pay up-front fees or taxes for a gift or a prize.
  • If the caller assures you there is NO need to verify the information with anyone.

As a general rule:

  • Do not send money to someone you do not know.
  • Do not give out personal information (social security number, date of birth etc.) over the phone.
  • Be leery of all requests or transactions where you are asked to send money via a wire transfer service.

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