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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Harrisonville Police Department Scam Alert!

People lose a lot of money to phone scams every year and Harrisonville residences fall victim also. Scammers have figured out countless ways to cheat you out of your money over the phone. In some scams, they act friendly and helpful. In others, they might threaten or try to scare you.

One thing you can count on is that a phone scammer will try to get your money or your personal information any way they can.
We have been notified by an alert resident of Harrisonville that he received an automated message saying it was Harrisonville Police Department calling and that they had information about fraudulent information on his social security number. They then asked him to verify his social security number.

THIS WAS NOT US…..
Telephone scams may come through phone calls from real people, robocalls, or text messages. Callers often make false promises, such as opportunities to buy products, invest your money, or receive free product trials. They may also offer you money through free grants and lotteries. Some scammers may call with threats of jail or lawsuits if you don’t pay them.

In this case, they may be trying to steal your personnel information by acting like law enforcement. Don’t be a victim and questions strange out of the ordinary calls that are not expected.

To see more tips about not falling victim scams, check out the Federal Trade Commission’s web site at: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0208-phone-scams