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Posted on: September 18, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Police Alert - Scam Targeting Seniors

The Battle Ground Police Department is alerting our community’s senior citizens about financial scams and providing tips on how not to become a victim.

Financial fraud can be difficult to recognize and can include identity theft; fake check and wire transfer scams; investment and credit card fraud; and bogus online charitable solicitations.

One clear sign of a scam is the request to wire money. Any time a stranger contacts you by phone call, email, US mail, or in person and asks for money, it’s a con – even if they claim to be a family member.

Following these tips and reminders from the police can prevent you or someone you know from becoming a victim:

  • DO NOT give anyone personal information over the phone unless you initiate the contact.
  • DO hang up on suspicious telemarketers.
  • DO NOT let yourself be pressured into a verbal or signed agreement or contract.
  • DO NOT be intimidated. If the caller insists you will be contacted by law enforcement or the IRS if you do not comply with their requests, simply hang up the phone.
  • DO say no! A firm “no” can stop the most persistent of solicitors.
  • DO NOT agree to pay for products or services in advance.
  • DO NOT feel ashamed or embarrassed if you have been a victim of fraud.
  • DO report it! The best way to prevent crime is to report it. Law enforcement agencies can use the information you provide to track the criminals and possibly prevent future victims of crime.
A printable copy of the Police Alert containing these tips along with additional information is available by selecting the Police Alert link below. Placing the alert by the phone or on the fridge can be a good reminder on how to recognize and prevent a scam.

If you or someone you know may be a victim of fraud call 911 and report it.

Police Alert - Scam Targeting Seniors
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