- Thursday February 23rd, 2012 :: 04:20 p.m. CST
Scams and How to Safeguard Yourself
The Midland Police Department would like to inform the residents of Midland to be aware of scams that have been reported.
The victim receives a phone call from someone claiming to be a relative. The suspect states that they are in Mexico, and have been involved in a wreck, or have been put in jail. The suspect says that to get out of trouble, they need money wired to them. Many times, the suspect will have good information on the victim.
The victim receives an email, or regular mail saying that they have been awarded a grant, or a lottery winning, or inheritance. They include a check and tell the victim to deposit the check. In order to cover a processing fee, or tax, the suspect asks the victim to wire a certain dollar amount (always less than what the fake check they mailed to them) to cover it. The check that the victim deposited then is returned as a fake account.
The victim speaks with someone that is claiming to be collections agencies. They are being very aggressive and making threats in order to get your information.
Tips on Safeguarding Yourself
Set up code words with your family. If someone calls claiming to be a relative, ask them for the code word. If they don't know it, hang up.
If someone is claiming to be a relative in another country, verify this with other family members before doing anything.
Be careful as to what personal information you make available on the internet.
If you receive anything from a business that you do not routinely deal with, contact the Better Business Bureau.
City of Midland, TX
300 North Loraine Street
Midland, TX 79701