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New Wave of Email, Text Fraud – Ellwood City, PA news

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New Wave of Email, Text Fraud – Ellwood City, PA news


There is another round of scams circling the residents of Ellwood City and surrounding areas, according to Mayor Anthony Court.

Court said the latest scam is an email that tells the recipient that money has been withdrawn from their bank account. Court said the email prompts the recipient to provide personal information that leaves that person susceptible to identity theft and financial loss.

He said the best thing residents can do is delete any emails or texts that seem to be “phishing” for personal or financial information.

In addition he said one resident was nearly victimized by scammers after they intimidated a man into buying more than $1,5000 worth of gift cards.

Court said no reputable organization or entity would require customers to purchase gift cards.

There are ways to avoid being a victim of a scam. According to the Federal Trade Commission:

Four Signs That It’s a Scam

1. Scammers PRETEND to be from an organization you know.

Scammers often pretend to be contacting you on behalf of the government. They might use a real name, like the Social Security Administration, the IRS, or Medicare, or make up a name that sounds official. Some pretend to be from a business you know, like a utility company, a tech company, or even a charity asking for donations.

They use technology to change the phone number that appears on your caller ID. So the name and number you see might not be real.

2. Scammers say there’s a PROBLEM or a PRIZE.

They might say you’re in…

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