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CALISTOGA POLICE DEPARTMENT

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Beware of Craigslist Scams

 

          While technology has provided many advantages to our everyday life, it has also created many new and unique challenges for law enforcement. Among these new challenges is the multitude of online scams harming citizen today. Several of these scams are being perpetrated through online classifieds sites such as Craigslist.

            Scams through Craigslist and other classifieds sites can include Home or Apartment Rental Scams, Escrow Fraud, Job Scams, Ticket Scams and Car Buying/Selling Scams. Craigslist provides information for users on how to avoid scams at the following link: https://www.craigslist.org/about/scams. Users are encouraged to deal with local sellers and beware of any seller that cannot meet in person for various reasons. (IE: claiming to be a soldier deployed out of the country, a marine biologist on assignment or similar excuses.) Craigslist users are also warned to never wire funds and this is a common tactic among phone and mail scams also.

            Who should citizens notify if they come across a potential fraud or scam attempt? Complaints can be filed at the Federal Trade Commission via their hotline at 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357) or online at www.ftc.gov. Complaints can also be filed with the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov) using their online complaint form. Contact Calistoga Police Department if you are defrauded by someone you have met in person.

 

 

 

 

 

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