Technology Lethbridge police warn residents about ‘smishing’ scams

08:41  12 december  2019
08:41  12 december  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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  Fake police officer in bank card scam asked resident for $10K in cash: Haldimand OPP OPP Const. Rod LeClair says an investigation into the incident is ongoing and urges residents to never give out personal information or money to someone they don't know.According to OPP, a man claiming to be a peace officer reached out by phone and convinced an elderly female resident in Hagersville on Friday to use a large brand-name courier company to send $10,000 to an unknown address.

Working in pairs, police said one scammer distracts the home owner while the other sneaks around the house looking for things to steal.

The Lethbridge Police Commission on behalf of the Lethbridge Police Service is seeking a new leader and applications are now being accepted for Police Chief. Lethbridge Police are investigating an incident where a 37-year-old male was assaulted Friday morning.

a screenshot of a cell phone screen with text: Lethbridge police are warning residents about increasing 'smishing' scams© Lethbridge Police Lethbridge police are warning residents about increasing 'smishing' scams

Lethbridge police are warning the public to be wary of unsolicited text messages, which claim to be from banks, cell phone carriers or other sources that appear to be legitimate, especially when the messages contain links.

Police say "smishing" is the SMS text version of email phishing scams. In a press release, police say that these types of scams are prevalent and that they are aware of multiple residents who have recently received messages disguised as their cell phone provider.

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The Lethbridge Police Service, founded in 1902, is a progressive law enforcement agency that provides police services to the City of Lethbridge which has a population of nearly 100,000 people. LPS employs more than 220 sworn and non-sworn staff and dozens of volunteers.

The Attleboro Police Department is reminding residents to be cautious of telephone solicitors asking for personal information. Although the department

According to officers, the scam texts allege the victim has overpaid their monthly cell phone bill and must click a link included in the message to deposit their refund.

Law enforcement officers are advising residents who receive such messages — or any other solicited texts, which contain the link — to not click on them. Police say if someone receives a text message from a company they do business with, they should call them first to verify information prior to taking any action.

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Police also say that people can take the following tips into consideration in order to avoid being duped by these increasing scams:

Do not reply directly to any spam text message, as this lets scammers know your number is legitimate and they can sell it or bombard you with smishing messages.

Do not give out any personal information via text message. Many text scams will ask for verification of personal information such as account details or credit card numbers. Even if the message looks like it’s from a company you do business with, most do not request this information by text message.

Do not click on links in your text messages. Doing so could potentially install malware that can collect information from your phone.

Two elderly women lose $1.35M, $85K following online scams: London police .
"Don't provide any money to anyone you don't know," Const. Sandasha Bough tells 980 CFPL. "Look at why they're asking for money, and if you [think] you [or someone else] have been defrauded, please contact the police or Crime Stoppers immediately."The London Police Service fraud telephone line at 519-661-5515, extension 5257 is available for victims of fraud.

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