Scam Alert: How to spot them and what to do

Carlisle Police have reported an increase in cases of fraud and scams. Here’s how to spot them and protect yourself

CARLISLE, Pa. – The Carlisle Police Department has seen a spike in fraud and scams over the past month.

These recent scams have included warrant and bail fraud and inflated service claim fees.

Scammers often call a victim posing as a relative or a relative’s attorney, police said. The scammer will falsely tell the victim that the relative was involved in a car accident or some other crime and needs bail to get out of jail.

The scammer asks the victim to get cash and wire it to a courier who will come to the house. The scammer may also direct the victim to advise bank employees that the money is for home remodeling projects or other legitimate expenses.

The Carlisle Police Department has also seen an increase in scammers posing as law enforcement officers. The scammer tells the victim that a relative has an active warrant. Scammers may demand cash or gift cards from the victim.

Allegedly, the scammers try to hold the victim on the phone and make statements to him that the gift certificates must be purchased immediately or the warrant will not be lifted.

In another scam, the scammer poses as a business service provider. They will tell the victim that they have been overcharged for a service and that the victim must compensate the company by purchasing gift cards.

Scammers can also instruct the victim to download computer programs that allow the scammer to take control of the victim’s computer.

Police stress that you should not give gift card numbers and PIN codes to anyone over the phone. Law enforcement agencies will never solicit payments over the phone or through the purchase of gift cards.

You should not pay strangers cash or download programs from unsolicited callers.

Call and check the status of relatives before making any purchases requested by the caller.

Police have indicated that they are trying to collect the caller’s phone number, company name or email address and report the incident to local police.

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