November 17, 2021

Law enforcement warns of scams and hacks | Public Safety

Electronic scams and hacks are evolving quickly and can be tricky, making it hard for people to avoid falling victim to one.

Kenneth Schroeder, a detective with the St. Joseph Police Department’s financial crimes unit, said some of the most common types of scams he sees are calls asking for payment in odd forms.

“People are being scammed a lot with gift cards. Any call that you get involving a gift card, hang up,” he said. “There’s no reason to talk to them. No legitimate business will ever call and ask for a gift card for payment of any sort.”

But some scam calls can be more tricky to detect. Now there are ways to imitate phone numbers so the call can look like it’s coming from the police department or any organization someone chooses to…

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