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Davie Police Department
Tuesday October 13th, 2009 :: 08:11 a.m. EDT


Davie Police want everybody to be aware of the different scams out there. As the holidays approach so will scammers.

There are many scam artists out there just waiting to get their hands on your money.

Some facts to remember are:

1. Always know who you are doing business with.
2. Never accept checks from a stranger and then send money back to them.
3. You are financially responsible for every check you deposit in your account.
4. Just because your financial institution made funds available on a check deposited, doesn’t mean the check is good.

Some Scams are:

You receive a letter, fax or e-mail from an “official: representing a foreign government, agency or business. You are asked to pay fees in order to have millions of dollars transferred into you bank account. The money never arrives.

You are informed you have won a lottery or a sweepstakes, and that in order to claim your jackpot, you will have to send a check to pay taxes on your winnings. You are sent an advance check to pay these taxes. Once you deposit the check and send back the taxes, the check turns out to be a fake and you are responsible for the thousands of dollars you have sent.

You advertise an item for sale on the Internet. Buyer accepts your asking price and sends a check for more than the agreed-upon price. After you wire back the difference, the original check is returned as a fraud, and the check’s full amount is deducted from your account.

You are told you are entitled to an inheritance from a distant relative. You then receive a bill for inheritance taxes that must be paid before you receive your money. After you send off thousands of dollars to pay the taxes, you never receive the inheritance.

You accept a job offer to clear checks for foreign companies or Mystery Shopper surveys. You are asked to deposit checks into your bank account and then wire money back to your employer. All of these checks are fake and are charged back to your account after the money has been wired.

Remember, If you think it could be a scam, it probably is.

Davie Police Department
1230 South Nob Hill Road
Davie, FL 33324

Emergency: 9-1-1

Sandy Lukowski

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