SCAMS

Published by The Bee News

December 2, 2021

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BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. – December 2 2021 – Scam artists are out in full force during the holiday season to take advantage of people’s generosity and busy schedules. The Bullhead City Police Department would like people to be aware that scammers will put a holiday spin on existing scams

Here are some red flags to help identify most scams:

  • The caller is located outside of the country.
  • You are asked to send money via wire transfer, prepaid credit cards, gift cards or other suspicious method like Apple Pay or Zelle etc.
  • You are threatened something bad will happen if you do not send money or give your personal information. Recent scams have included threats like a warrant for your arrest or a loved one is in jail and needs money. Scammers even fraudulently pose as a relative or a police officer calling.
  • You are told there is an urgency to send money or to give your personal information immediately.
  • You are asked to “fill in the blanks” for people snooping for information.
  • You are urged to keep things a secret.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Be cautious of seasonal work-from-home jobs, and never send money for an employment opportunity.
  • You are asked to donate money to a charity.

Simply hang up and call the number or visit the website you know to be legitimate. Never give any money or personal information, unless you initiated the contact. For more information on scams, log on to www.ftc.gov or www.azag.gov. If you spot a scam, report it at ftc.gov/complaint. Your reports help the FTC and other law enforcement investigate scams and bring crooks to justice.

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