The City of Brooklyn Center wants you to be aware that scammers are out in full force taking advantage of the current crisis. There are many scams out there. Some of the scams will seem believable. If anyone calls from your bank, the social security office, a credit card company, federal government, or other organization do not provide any personal information. If you receive a call and believe it may be legitimate, simply call the actual business or organization. Don’t trust the number provided to you by the scammer, look up the actual number.
There have been national reports of offers to transfer credit card balances to a new card with 0% interest charges. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Grandparents are also being targeted; for example, “Grandma: I’m in the hospital, sick, please wire money right away.” “Grandpa: I’m stuck overseas, please send money.” Grandparent scams can take a new twist – and a new sense of urgency – in these days of Coronavirus."
Scammers may try to gain your information to offer you COVID-19 relief benefits, don’t fall for it!
If you receive a call and the scammer asks for a different person, never confirm that you are not that person. The scammer may try to use your response of yes to say you agreed to a contract that you knew nothing about.
Other scams include scammers claiming to be officers or agents with local law enforcement agencies stating you have a local or federal warrant. The scammer will direct you to call another number and will try to gather your personal information.
Scammers will go to all lengths to make you believe them. The best defense is to immediately end the call and never provide your personal information, especially credit card information.