Police warning about new scam involving postcards

NORTH COLLEGE HILL, OH (FOX19) - North College Hill Police are warning residents about a new scam involving postcards that is likely making its way around the Tri-State area.

Police believe scammers are constantly looking for new ways to trick people. They often use the internet or the telephone, but the latest hoax police are seeing is one that could show up in your mailbox.

"This is a new one that's popped up in the area," Officer Austin Kilgore with the North College Hill Police Department said. "Basically, they send you a postcard in the mail, and it's not directly addressed to you."

The postcard states that you have an "unclaimed reward" - $100 worth of savings that can supposedly be used at well-known retailers like Walmart or Target.

To get your money, the postcard claims that all you have to do is call the phone number listed on the card.

However, police said that if you pick up the phone and dial, the person on the other line will tell you that they need your personal information, such as your name, your date of birth and even your social security number, in order for you to get your hands on the prize. The prize, police said, never shows up.

"That's how they hack all your information and get into your accounts, bank accounts, social media," Officer Kilgore said.
To protect yourself, North College Hill Police suggest staying skeptical. If something seems suspicious, it probably is, and if you're unsure, reach out for help.

"Nine out of ten times it is a scam. You should never believe it," Officer Kilgore said. "They should send you something in the mail with your information already on it."

Police said that the bottom line is be cautious about giving out personal information, especially over the phone. If you think someone is trying to scam you, report it to police.
You can find more tips about how to avoid becoming the victim of a scam by visiting the Better Business Bureau's website or the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information page.

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