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Crete, Nebraska Police Department
Wednesday January 18th, 2012 :: 06:36 p.m. CST

Advisory

Crete PD has received several reports of “scam artists” calling Crete residents by phone promising prizes but planning to steal money.

Crete PD has received several reports of “scam artists” calling Crete residents by phone promising prizes but planning to steal money. Callers are informing residents that they have won prize of significant value BUT the resident must first send cash or other information in order to secure the item(s). This includes sending money, purchasing “prize insurance”, providing bank account information, purchasing a Wal-Mart “Green Money Pack” card and then providing the number, etc.

This is a scam and nothing more than electronic variations of old confidence games. The result is that the “prize winner” receives nothing and the criminal caller electronically transfers the “winner’s” money into their own bank account. The information provided by the caller seems legitimate but is untraceable or leads out of the country. The best and surest means to safeguard against such crimes is for every citizen to be aware of this criminal behavior and wary of suspicious strangers who call offering “free” gifts.

The Police Department urges Crete residents not to provide sensitive information to strangers regardless of how sincere or friendly they may seem, how much information the caller may already know, or what incentives or prizes they may offer. Sensitive information includes: dates of birth, social security numbers, addresses, bank account numbers, etc.

Report crimes to Crete PD at (402) 816-4311

Address/Location
Crete, Nebraska Police Department
1945 Forest Ave
Crete, NE 68333

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 402-826-4311

Steve Hensel
shensel@crete-ne.gov
402-826-4311

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