Thursday, January 17, 2013
Customers purchase pre-paid debit cards that are then drained by fraudsters, the company said.
Thursday, January 17
A scam in which PECO customers are misled into purchasing pre-paid debit cards which are then drained of funds is targeting the Philadelphia region, the electric and gas utility said Thursday. In the scam, customers are contacted by persons who claim to work for PECO and informed that they must make an immediate payment in order to avoid their electricity being shut off. The phony employee then instructs the customer to purchase a pre-paid debit card from a convenience store or similar location, then to provide that card's number. The fraud operators then drain the funds on the card. “We want to make our customers aware of this scam so they can protect themselves from becoming victims of this and other fraudulent activities,” said Mark …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
In the post-holiday season, it's easy to forget about some of the scams that take advantage where you least expect it.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Following the holidays, many people are eager to spend their gift cards both in stores and online. However, criminals have devised ways to exploit those gifts in several ways that it is important to be aware of. The Northampton Township Police Department sent out tips via the Bucks County Crimes Against Older Adults Task Force that offer a few suggestions and reminders when it comes to spending those holiday gift cards and the safest way to make sure you don't get scammed. "I would add that regardless of our age, everyone should review and play attention to the timely information contained in the Fraud Alert," Chief Barry Pilla said. How to avoid gift card scams: The first scam is called the Card Not Present or "CNP" scam. Swindlers …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Before you hit the internet for all of your holiday shopping this season, make sure you're armed with the latest info about online crimes
This holiday season, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reminds shoppers to beware of cyber criminals and their aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information. According to a release issued by the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center, scammers use many techniques to fool potential victims including fraudulent auction sales, reshipping merchandise purchased with a stolen credit card, sale of fraudulent or stolen gift cards through auction sites at discounted prices, and phishing e-mails advertising brand name merchandise for bargain prices or e-mails promoting the sale of merchandise that ends up being a counterfeit product. Internet criminals post classified ads or auctions for products they do not have. If …