Some communities are also reporting a similar scam where the caller claims to be from National Grid and threatens to have power cut unless payment is made by a card within an hour. We have also seen callers who inform the victim they missed jury duty and need to pay a fine to remove an outstanding warrant. Unfortunately, once you purchase these cards, provide the number and hang up, the money is long gone.
Whether it’s an offer on Craigslist for a used car, vacation getaway or apartment for rent, you’ve got to be careful. If someone is willing to send you a bunch of extra money, asking you to send the difference back, it’s a scam. Even if you get a check, which looks real and the bank accepts, you still may need to wait as long as two weeks to assure it’s not counterfeit. You are responsible for funds deposited into your account, even when a check is returned as fraudulent. Once you wire them your money, they’ve got it and you won’t get it back.
Tom Hanshaw is the crime prevention officer for the Amesbury police department.