Knox, PA – Clarion State Police say a Knox man was scammed out of $1,000.
The unnamed 48-year-old man reportedly gave his credit/debit card information to a scam artist on March 28 and was deceived. The investigation is ongoing.
As a reminder, you should not give your personal or financial information to anyone who calls and asks you for it, especially if they threaten you or promise you something that seems too good to be true.
You should also be careful to only use your credit card information to make purchases online if you are sure the website is secure.
If someone calls you to say that you’ve won a sweepstakes or a dream vacation or that you’re being offered an extended vehicle warranty, that is a sign of a scam.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Most often nowadays, if you didn’t initiate the phone call and you don’t personally know the caller, you should be suspicious. Immediately hang up the phone.
Do not give these callers any personal, bank account, or gift card information.
If you are unsure if something is a scam, you can always call your local police and describe it. They will be able to tell you if they have seen similar cases before.
Scams highlighted in this video:
Targeting the elderly 0:58
Jury duty scam 2:02
Code *72 scam 2:51
Equifax scam 3:46
IRS scam 4:33
Concert scams 5:26
Moving House Scam 6:04
Fake Charity Scam 6:50
Phishing Calls 7:51
Kidnapping Scam 8:32
- Don’t answer the calls from unknown numbers.
- Never let strangers know your personal information. Credit card, Social Security numbers, checking account – all this should be kept to yourself.
- Don’t make the decision immediately – try to resist the pressure the criminals put on you.
- Demand the information in writing before you agree to pay for a product or service.
- Don’t send cash, be it by money transfer or overnight mail. In this case, the money will disappear, and you won’t be able to prove its existence.