Facebook scam promises “child safety kit” and other false claims now in Fort Wayne area

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Indiana State Police say a local resident has reported a scam on Facebook that involves offering a “child safety kit” by clicking a link in the post.

Those clicking on the link are asked to provide personal information and are then contacted by phone to set up an in-home visit. The local resident contacted said the phone calls were very persistent and wanted her to download and app.

The scammers also falsely claim that they work directly with the Indiana State Police.

The Indiana State Police would remind all Hoosiers that scam artists are pervasive across the internet and all social media platforms.  Scammer’s methods and tactics are primarily intrusive to your personal and financial information, but as noted in this instance, they may often resort to invading your personal space as well.  Luckily this resident was on the alert and did not fall prey to these scammers tactics.

This complaint reported to the State Police is full of red flags, and luckily this local resident did not fall prey to these scammers tactics.  You can protect yourself by:

  • ALWAYS consider any unsolicited internet/social media transaction with a “Buyer Beware”
  • NEVER provided personal or financial information to an unknown source, whether it be on the internet, by email, or by phone.
  • NEVER invite or allow a stranger into your home, especially an unsolicited sales person- thieves commonly use this as a way to case your home for future burglary.
  • Don’t be INTIMIDATED by a scammer’s pervasiveness. Delete the internet conversation or just hang up the phone when something doesn’t feel right.
  • If you feel you have been victimized by a scammer, suspicious or threatening activity should be reported to your local law enforcement immediately.

1 COMMENT

  1. Face Book is chockfull of scams. It has a very low percentage of legit vendors. I’ve found good deals and have found scammers. The best way for me to get back at them is report it to the State Attorney General with all the info you have on them in your online complaint form. Then let the scammers know what you did. Works every time with me.

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