Conway Police warn residents to be mindful of possible hoax

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Conway Police have received complaints from residents regarding phone and mail hoaxes, according to Lieutenant Selena Small with the Conway Police Department.

Unfortunately these phone, mail, and e-mail schemes happen often. Lieutenant Small said that police cannot warn the public of every scenario hackers may use, but they can advise you that businesses and organizations are not going to contact you and ask for personal information to be given out by phone or e-mail.

Do not trust a number the caller gives you to verify the information and always research the number yourself and contact that organization to verify, Lieutenant Small advised. She said that some hackers have the ability to have any number show up on your caller ID.

Never transfer money or pay someone without researching the information on your own.

According to Lieutenant Small, one popular source for money schemes involves the caller asking you to purchase a Green Dot Moneypak. Although this is a legitimate service, hackers are using it to quickly get your money.

Educate yourself by visiting the Better Business Bureau and Federal Trade Commission websites to stay updated on scams and report any hoax that you receive.

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