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RECENT SCAMS ENCOUNTERED BY MAIZE RESIDENTS

GLOBAL ADVANCED FINANCIAL SERVICES
01/30/2014

A resident of Maize recently received a letter from Global Advanced Financial Services with a check from Griswold Special Care, Everett, MA. included.  The letter was an official notice which confirmed she was a 2nd prize winner in the second category of the USA Mega (under the international Sweepstake).  The enclosed check, in the amount of $4,550.00, was provided to pay the processing fees.  She was to contact a claims agent to start the claim processing and to activate her check, with a notice stating, "Please do not act on this notice until you contact your claims agent to avoid cases of misappropriation and mishandling of winning."

Andrew Brian, Promotion Manager and Donna Webb, claims agent, were the two names mentioned in the notice.

THIS IS A SCAM and the check is bogus. DO NOT DEPOSIT OR CASH THE ENCLOSED CHECK!   If you you do, and your bank accepts it, you will ultimately take the loss.  Simply shred or otherwise destroy the check and letter. 

PUBLISHER'S CLEARING HOUSE SCAM
http://info.pch.com/consumer-information/fraud-protection
01/24/2014

If someone contacts you claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House (PCH), and tells you that you’ve won a prize award – then asks you to send a payment or money card in order to claim the prize – STOP!  You have not heard from the real PCH. 

If you are ever contacted by someone claiming to represent PCH, or claiming to be a PCH employee,  and asked to send or wire money (for any reason whatsoever, including taxes); or send a pre-paid gift card or Green Dot Moneypak card in order to claim a sweepstakes prize – DON’T!  It’s a SCAM. If you are sent a check, told it’s a partial prize award, and asked to cash it and send a portion back to claim the full prize award, DON’T.  The check is fake, but the SCAM is real!

Publishers Clearing House does not operate this way and would NEVER ask for money to claim a prize award. 

Green Dot MoneyPak CardGreen Dot MoneyPak Cards

Green Dot MoneyPak cards are legitimate reloadable debit cards that can be used to pay your bills.  The MoneyPak works as a ‘cash top-up card’. Once you purchase it at a participating retailer with cash, you can use it to reload prepaid cards, add money to a PayPal account without using a bank account, or make same-day payments to major companies. Unfortunately, scam artists love them because they are more convenient than a money wire and just as untraceable; and once they have the MoneyPak serial number, they are able to transfer funds onto a prepaid debit card.

Treat your MoneyPak number the way you treat your cash and your wallet. The best way to protect yourself from being ripped off is to be aware of common scams.

The MoneyPak website offers tips to avoid scams including the following 7 Tips on How to Protect Yourself from Fraud:

  1. Never give your MoneyPak number to someone you don’t know.
  2. Never give receipt information about your MoneyPak purchase to another party.
  3. Use your MoneyPak only to reload your prepaid cards or accounts you control.
  4. Refuse any offer that asks you to buy a MoneyPak and share the number or receipt information by email or phone.
  5. To use your MoneyPak with PayPal or eBay or other online merchants, transfer the money to your PayPal account before you pay the merchant. Don’t email your MoneyPak number directly to any merchant.
  6. Don’t use the MoneyPak to pay taxes or fees to claim “winnings” on a foreign lottery or prize promotion. Unless it’s an approved MoneyPak partner, don’t use MoneyPak for any offer that requires you to pay before you get the item.
  7. Check this list of approved MoneyPak partners before you use your MoneyPak to pay.

LINKS FINANCIAL INCORPORATED
01/24/2014

A resident of Maize recently received a letter from Links Financial Incorporated  Lottery, Resource Management and Payment Verification and a check from Trent R. Redfearn DDS.PC, Highland Rand, CO. in the amount of $4,250.00.  The letter was an official notice which confirmed she was one of the 2nd prize winners in the second category of the European, African and USA Consumer Sweepstake, in conjunction with USA Departmental Stores.  The enclosed check was provided to pay the processing fee of $3,850.00.  She was to contact a claims agent to start the claim processing and to activate her check, with a notice stating, "Please do not act on this notice until you contact your claims agent to avoid cases of misappropriation and mishandling of prize monies."

David Morgan, Promotion Manager and Mary Green, claims agent, were the two names mentioned in the notice.

THIS IS A SCAM and the check is bogus. DO NOT DEPOSIT OR CASH THE ENCLOSED CHECK!  If you you do and your bank accepts it, you will ultimately take the loss.  Simply shred or otherwise destroy the check and letter. 

MAIL THEFT PREVENTION

Mail theft is becoming an increased problem throughout the nation. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service recommend the following tips to protect your mail from thieves:

If you believe your mail was stolen, report it immediately to your local postmaster or nearest Postal Inspector. You'll be asked to file a formal complaint using PS Form 2016, Mail Theft and Vandalism Complaint.

Lock Your Car Doors

Lock your car doors.Many of the thefts reported in Maize are from automobiles.  Unfortunately most of these thefts could have been prevented had the owners locked their car doors.  Most thefts from vehicles in Maize occur during the night time hours and are committed by "opportunist".  Individuals will walk neighborhoods late at night checking car doors. 

When they find an unlocked car, they will rummage through the car looking for valuables and other items to take.  Other thefts occur when people leave their purses or other valuables in plain site in their vehicle.  REMEMBER:  ALWAYS LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS AND HIDE ANY VALUABLES LEFT IN THE CAR.

Contact: 

Matthew Jensby, Chief of Police 316-722-1433
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Email  police@cityofmaize.org

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