Thursday, July 7, 2005
give tips to avoid scams
Pigeon droppers are not targeting the elderly anymore, according to a press release from the Holly Springs Police Department.
Scam artists are looking for anyone that they can victimize, and there are a variety of ways that potential victims are approached on the street, by a knock at the door, through the mail or Internet emails, web pages or bulletin boards.
Each year thousands of individuals are scammed our of their money sometimes, their life savings.
In pigeon drop scams, swindlers most often work in pairs or teams. The scam artist can befriend an unsuspecting consumer, the pigeon, while the other approaches them with money or valuables he claims to have just found. After some rehearsed conversation, the con artist(s) agree to split the money with you and arrange to meet at a bank, lawyers office or other location of their choosing. The scam artist will sometimes ask if he or she can trust you. To get your share, youll need to put up some good faith money, which they will return to you after the goods are divided.
To prove yourself trustworthy, you turn over a large sum of money to them and later go to meet them at a designated location. Soon after arriving, you realize the scam artist is long gone and so is your money.
Tips to Avoid Scams
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