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Newark Police Department CA
Wednesday March 7th, 2018 :: 02:33 p.m. PST

Newark Wants Its Citizens to be Aware of: ‘The Brushing Scam’

Be Aware Of Random Packages Left At Your Door
In what is being called as “Brushing,” third-party retailers are buying their own products – using victims’ names and addresses to appear as independent customers – in order to leave a glowing five-star review of their product on-line. While it may seem harmless to receive random packages, some online retailers are using your personal information to review their products. What’s more concerning is that it might not be brushing; you could potentially be a victim of account takeover. This is where hackers use information exposed in a data breach to hack your account.

What Can You Do About It?
Any time that you receive something that is not yours, be sure to contact the entity directly to identify where the order originated. You could be catching fraud in the act. Always be sure to visit only trusted websites when shopping online.

For more tips on how to safeguard your personal identifying information, click link below:

Newark Police Department CA
37101 Newark Blvd
Newark, CA 94560

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 510-578-4237

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