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Salisbury Police Warn of Two Unique Fraud Scams

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SALISBURY, Md. – In light of two unique fraud scams recently reported, the Salisbury Police Department is offering residents tips on how to protect themselves.

In one scam, local business offices say they have received a call from someone requesting the model number of a nearby printer. With that information, the caller is able to have a large order of printer equipment shipped to the business without authorization. The suspects intend to profit from the orders by claiming the person who provided the printer information actually ordered the supplies and requesting payment for the order.

In the second scam, victims say they received a postcard informing them they have been selected to receive rebate certificates accepted at a number of national retailers. However, once they call the toll-free number on the postcard (877-245-0994) for additional details, victims are asked to pay a small registration fee using a credit card. The suspects have then made fraudulent purchases on victims' accounts.

The Salisbury Police Department is aware that these are just two scams being carried out in jurisdictions nationwide. Here are some tips to reduce your chances of falling victim to a fraud scheme:

  • Do not provide your social security number over the phone or internet
  • Do not provide account numbers to telephone callers
  • Do not make payments in any form to unknown callers
  • If you have any concern regarding the legitimacy of callers, do not re-contact them at the number they provide. Instead, call numbers that are listed on your existing bills or account documents to ensure that you are speaking with a legitimate company representative
  • If you have questions or concerns regarding a possible scam, contact the company directly, discuss the matter with a responsible party or contact your local police

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