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New Email Scam Surfaces
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A release from St Johns Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kevin Kelshaw, addresses a new email scam that has surfaced recently.

Kelshaw states in the release, “Internet crime seems limitless, and it may very well be. Daily there are reports of new scams and cons appearing in emails or on the web from people trying to get your money.”

According to the release, the new email appears to be sent by a federal agent and could use a name of Special Agent John Edwards with the F.B.I., or Agent Ricky Jones with the Department of Homeland Security, or others. The content of the correspondence advises that there had been two consignment boxes impounded at an airport. The boxes are said to have been scanned and found to contain a large quantity of money, along with documents indicating that they are to be delivered to the recipient. The agent tells the person receiving the email that the packages are lacking a proof of ownership slip and that the recipient needs to make contact with him to avoid a charge of tax evasion.

“For the law abiding citizen, this may be something that they would respond to, since it appears to be from an official agency. Don’t fall victim to a scam and should you receive an email like this one, the easiest way to deal with them is to just delete them from your server,” Kelshaw advises.

In an effort to help you to possibly avoid being a victim of Internet Fraud the St Johns Sheriff Office offers these tips:

  • Only do business with those you know and trust.
  • Be sure you know who the company or person is and where it is physically located.
  • Understand the offer.
  • Look carefully at the information about the products or services offered, and ask for additional information if needed.
  • Keep in mind that fraud artists can appear and disappear quickly, especially in cyberspace and remember NEVER give your bank account numbers, credit card numbers or other personal information to anyone you don’t know or haven’t check out.
  • Finally, please remember the following: “If it sounds too GOOD to be TRUE, it probably IS!”

 

If you are a victim of Internet Fraud, you can file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at: http://www.ic3.gov, or with the National Fraud Information Center at: http://www.fraud.org/info/contactnfic.htm.

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