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SCAMS!

Financial scams: · Door to door · Telephone · Mail · Other methods
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Glen Mills

on 20 March 2010

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Transcript of SCAMS!

Introduction
Detective Anne-Marie Browne

Domestic Violence Detective

Sexual Assault Investigator

RAD Instructor
Sergeant Glen Mills

Patrol Sergeant

Crime Analyst

RAD Instructor
Scams and Fraud
What we will cover:

Door to Door

Telephone

Mail

Other Types
What is Fraud?

Deliberate Deception with the promise of goods or services that are non-existant, unnecessary, never intended to be provided or grossly misrepresented.
There are a near infinite number of ways to defraud people.

Criminals are only limited by their imagination!
Why do criminals specifically target seniors?
Criminal Perception:

Easy Targets

Source of Income (Pension and Social Security)

Assets (Home Ownership, Cash and Savings)

Lower Risk

More Trusting and Polite

Easily Confused
***Charity Scams***

Contact can be made by phone, mail, e-mail or in person at your door.

Charity Doesn't Exist

Sound Alike Charities are Common

May be based upon current events
Ask Questions!

Literature...

Website...

Local...

501(c)(3)...

Percentage That Goes to Charity

Time to Think...
Clues!
Annoyed
Rushing Decision
PO Box or ???
What to Do?

Hang Up!
Set A Budget $$$
Stay Local
No Phone Calls
Check With BBB, AG, Etc...
Telemarketers

Contact You By Phone

Deal That Is Too Good To Be True

High Pressure Sales Pitch
Hang Up!!

***NEVER GIVE CREDIT CARD NUMBER OVER THE PHONE***

Tell the Caller You Need To Talk It Over (Preferably with your "grandson" or "grandaughter" the police officer!)
+ INTERNET SCAMS +

Contact By E-Mail

Foreign Country

$$$Lots of Money$$$
Nigerian Advance Fee (419 Scam)

Foreign Lottery

Overpayment for Item You Are Selling

Bank or Credit Card Company Emergency
Don't Feed The Trolls!

Don't Click Links

Don't Download Programs

Don't Reply to E-Mails

Verify, Verify, Verify!
*** IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT PROBABLY IS! ***
How Do They (The Criminals) Know About Me?
Trash Picking
Mail Theft
Theft of Purse or Wallet
Residential Burglary
The Big Business of ID Theft

Over 10 Million Americans A Year

Victims 65 and Older - 66% Didn't Report!

About 50 (B)ILLION $$$$ A YEAR!
Avoidance:

Watch Your Stuff

SHRED!!!

No Personal Info Over the Phone

More Avoidance:

Take Your Receipts

Password Safety

Home Security
Door To Door Sales

Unlimited Number of Sales Pitches

Great Deal

No Work or Shoddy Work
It Is Harder To Kick Someone Out Of Your House Than To Hang Up A Phone Or Leave A Store
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