During the first two weeks in January 2017, Rogers Officers received 11 reports regarding ID Thefts, Fraud, and Scam Attempts.  Most reports received are because of losses incurred. Victims incurring losses come from all occupations, educational backgrounds and ages.  The vast majority of Scam Attempts go unreported, and aren’t reflected in this number.

Things to be aware of:

  • If you have to “like” something before moving forward, the initial request may be a scam.
  • Do not follow instructions, take a survey, or download software to get free money.
  • Being offered more money than an something is worth when you post items for sale.
  • Warrant notification requiring payment by phone.
  • Scammers posing as IRS agents are trying to trick college students into paying a Federal Student Tax – that tax does not exist.
  • You can sign up for free scam alerts from the FTC at ftc.gov/scams.
  • Notification that your grandchild is in jail needing money for bail.
  • Scammers may use your friend’s information to try to get to you. If you are suspicious, contact that friend or business and ask if they sent it to you. Chances are they did not or are victims of the scam.
  • Some payment methods don’t have fraud protection. Wiring money through services are nearly impossible to get your money back.
  • Beware of Medicare Open Enrollment Scams, sending new cards, sending Medicare benefit information, offering free medical supplies or exams etc. If you need help with Medicare or want to verify information call Medicare directly.
  • Veterans scams are hard to spot. Applying for benefits and paperwork/forms is free. Contact someone accredited through VA, remember they are NOT allowed to charge you for their help.
  • Con Artists want you to make decisions in a hurry and/or threaten you. Slow down and check out the story.
  • It’s not that easy to get free money (That’s why it’s so tempting to click on the link).
  • Do not wire money to take care of the upfront costs to get your winnings
  • Free gift cards, Free credits for games FREE, FREE, FREE, FREE!!!! (Nothing is FREE!!) Don’t Click.
  • Utility Scams – if you are notified you are late on a payment and need to pay a bill over the phone or wire money, do not do so. Call the utility company directly and ask about the status of your account.
  • IRS Scams - Residents who believe that they have received these calls should hang-up and call Non-Emergency Dispatch at 952-258-5321 to report the attempt to defraud them of money Note that the IRS will never:
    • Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
    • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
    • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
    • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone
    • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.