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Lower Paxton Township Police Department
Wednesday March 31st, 2010 :: 02:46 p.m. EDT

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Identity theft and other frauds are increasing. See full message for helpful tips to avoid becoming a victim.

Lottery, e-mail, identity-theft and home improvement scams are occurring daily in Lower Paxton Township and around the world. Criminals whose only goal is to get your money and your identity have converted technology advances that were meant for good to evil. Once you fall prey to these parasites, there is little that law enforcement can do to get your money back. The Lower Paxton Township Police Department is attempting to educate its citizens so that no one becomes a victim to these scammers. A few of the basic rules that we all know but forget to follow are:

1. IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS!
2. YOU CANNOT WIN A LOTTERY THAT YOU DID NOT ENTER!
3. YOU NEVER HAVE TO SEND MONEY TO GET MONEY! (Remember that taxes are withheld, not paid separately, and handling fees/storage fees/processing fees would be taken into consideration by a legitimate company before declaring a prize.)
4. WESTERN UNION OR OTHER WIRE SERVICES SHOULD NEVER BE USED TO PAY FOR ITEMS OR SERVICES.
5. NEVER GIVE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION (BANK ACCOUNTS, CREDIT CARD NUMBERS, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, ETC.) TO ANYONE THAT CALLED YOU.
6. IF YOU GET A CHECK IN THE MAIL THAT YOU DID NOT EXPECT AND HAVE NO BUSINESS HAVING, SHRED IT. DO NOT DEPOSIT IT IN YOUR BANK! (IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AS TO ITS AUTHENTICITY, CALL THE POLICE).
7. DO NOT DEAL WITH “CONTRACTORS” WHO KNOCK ON YOUR DOOR TELLING YOU THAT YOU NEED THEIR SERVICES (DRIVEWAY, ROOFING, GUTTERS, ETC.) LEGITIMATE COMPANIES ADVERTISE AND ARE ON THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S WEB SITE CONTRACTOR LIST.
8. CALL THE POLICE IF YOU HAVE ANY INKLING THAT SOMEONE IS TRYING TO SCAM YOU.

Most of these scams originate in foreign countries such as Canada, Jamaica and Nigeria, although several are actually within the United States. The scammers use Trac Phones and proxy IP addresses to mask their identities from law enforcement. In most cases, the identity of the persons on the other end can never be established. Western Union payments do not go to a specific address but, instead, can be picked up anywhere in the world by anyone with false identification in the name it was sent. The money is gone!

YOU WORKED TOO HARD FOR YOUR MONEY. DO NOT GIVE IT AWAY TO CRIMINALS. CALL THE POLICE: 558-6900.

Address/Location
Lower Paxton Township Police Department
425 Prince St
Harrisburg, PA 17109

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 717-657-5656

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