Southington police warning residents about recent uptick in fraudulent scams

Published on Thursday, 2 December 2021 13:22
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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SOUTHINGTON -- Southington police are warning residents about the dangers of fraudulent scams, as they have seen a recent uptick in these types of crimes.

Police on Thursday said they have fielded several complaints from individuals who said they were contacted by someone claiming to be from well-known companies, such as Amazon, seeking personal information, bank account details or even control over the victim’s computer through remote access.

“To help prevent these types of crime, Southington police want to remind citizens to be vigilant and protect yourself from scams,” Lt. Keith Egan said in a statement issued by police. “The type of scam we have seen an increase in is described as a ‘phishing scam.’ In this instance, scammers use email or text messages to trick you into giving personal information.”

According to Egan, scammers frequently claim to be from a company or business that the victim knows well and purports that there is some sort of issue that needs to be addressed or a prize. They also commonly ask victims to pay in a very specific manner and pressure them to act immediately.

Payment methods are frequently requested in the form of gifts cards, wire transfers or prepaid cash cards. Scammers may also ask for access to ATM cards, bank accounts , credit cards or investment accounts, police said.

To avoid becoming a victim, Egan advises residents not to share account numbers, passwords, credit card details or social security information.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Thursday, 2 December 2021 13:22. Updated: Thursday, 2 December 2021 13:24.