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Scam alert

The Van Buren County sheriff’s office has received numerous recent complaints of telephone scams where people have “won money.” All the person has to do is provide an account number for their “winnings” to be deposited in.

Another recent victim sold a motorcycle on an Internet site. The “buyers” made their purchase with a fictitious check on a non-existent account. The owner had no indication the transaction was not legitimate until the motorcycle was recovered in Little Rock after being wrecked during a police pursuit.

Lastly, a local lady selling an automobile on a similar Internet site was contacted by a person who worked “offshore.” He set up a Pay Pal account with her and provided a payment, but the amount was more than the purchase price. He asked that she refund the “over payment” via a money card. The entire set-up was a fraud and the only good money involved was what she sent back to him that was the “over payment.”

Most scams like this originate out of the U.S. and are impossible to recover or prosecute. In these two instances, there will be somewhat of a remedy because the motorcycle was wrecked and recovered. The lady who lost her “overpayment” contacted the account holder and they were in the process of freezing the account. Any questions involving schemes such as these can be discussed with the sheriff’s office before committing to them.

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