Scam Alert

Columbia police warn residents of potential scams

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Columbia Police Department is warning residents about two potential scams.

Police say within the last week, officers have handled three reports of fraud. One scam involves transferring money internationally through Western Union while the other scam targets Craigslist users searching for a tutoring job.

Officers are offering residents the following tips:

  • Never give out personal information such as credit card numbers and expiration dates, bank account numbers, dates of birth, or social security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons.
  • If you call the number back that called you to verify the information and a recording picks up not stating the name of the company this is a scam.
  • Make a phone call to verify a relative is sick, stranded, in jail etc. A thirty second phone call can save you money.
  • Before you send money, ask yourself a simple question. "What guarantee do I have that this solicitor will use my money in the manner we agreed upon?"
  • Be skeptical – Always take your time making a decision. Legitimate companies won't pressure you to make a snap decision.
  • Take safety precautions - Don't pay by check, cash or money order.
  • If something doesn't seem right, it's not right.

CPD asks anyone who has been a victim of fraud or a scam to contact authorities.

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