Police Warn Of Possible Scam In Sioux Falls
by Jill Johnson
July 02, 2013 6:39 PM
Sioux Falls Police are warning residents of a possible scam. Police say over the weekend they had several reports of people receiving suspicious phone calls.
According to the reports, some residents have received a phone call from a local number. Each time, the person on the other end pretends to work for a company that sells life alert systems. Police say the person would ask if they could update their records to retrieve their account information.
Police say as far as they know no one has fallen for the scam.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations website, when you send money to people you do not know personally or give personal or financial information to unknown callers, you increase your chances of becoming a victim of telemarketing fraud.
There are some warning signs of telemarketing fraud. A caller may tell you:
- "You must act 'now' or the offer won't be good."
- "You've won a 'free' gift, vacation, or prize." But you have to pay for "postage and handling" or other charges.
- "You must send money, give a credit card or bank account number, or have a check picked up by courier." You may hear this before you have had a chance to consider the offer carefully.
- "You don't need to check out the company with anyone." The callers say you do not need to speak to anyone including your family, lawyer, accountant, local Better Business Bureau, or consumer protection agency.
- "You don't need any written information about their company or their references."
- "You can't afford to miss this 'high-profit, no-risk' offer."
If you hear these or similar "lines" from a telephone salesperson, just say "no thank you" and hang up the telephone.