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Posted on: February 7, 2019

“Active Scams - Community Alert”

FLAGLER BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT

204 SOUTH FLAGLER AVENUE • FLAGLER BEACH, FL 32136

(386) 517-2023 • FAX (386) 517-2022

WWW.FBPD.ORG

CHIEF Matthew P. Doughney

Media Release

February 8, 2019

“Active Scams - Community Alert”

The Flagler Beach Police Department is providing this media release in an effort to alert citizens in our community that there are active telephone and e-mail “scams” currently operating in our area.

“Telephone and e-mail scams target trusting individuals and we hope this alert will prevent someone from suffering the financial pain and anguish that comes with being a victim of fraud” said Flagler Beach Police Chief Matt Doughney. “We’ve had one (1) victim come forward in our City. We want our community to be alert, skeptical and proactive; which in turn will result in them holding onto their hard earned money”.

  • Amazon: There are variations on scams involving Amazon. In one (1) scam, Scammers reach out to Amazon consumers via e-mail, phone or social media and offer deeply discounted deals on not only Amazon gift cards, but gift cards from third-party providers (like banks and credit card providers.) The message usually comes with a call for urgency, i.e., the Scammer says he/she is about to lose his home or have his car repossessed, and offers goods that can be purchased at a steep discount with Amazon gift cards, and by gift cards that are sold on Amazon. This is a scam; Don't fall for it. Amazon gift cards can only be used on Amazon, and never can be used as a legitimate payment to other businesses and individuals
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS): The second scam involves a phone call from an individual representing themselves as an Investigator from the IRS. The caller states that based on an IRS investigation there’s a large tax lean associated with possible criminal charges and that the owed money to the IRS must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer.

“Please remember that the people involved in these illegal scams are professional thieves. They hope and pray that you’ll take their bait; hook line and sinker.’ Doughney continued. ‘Help spread the word. Hang up on them and do not respond to their e-mails. Our goal is to shut them down and put them out of business!”.

We’re requesting that the citizens in our community stay vigilant and maintain a healthy skepticism should they receive telephone calls or e-mails of this nature. If you do receive a call or e-mail of this nature please don’t give out any personal information (date of birth, social security number, etc.) and please don’t purchase any pre-loaded credit or debit cards. 

When in doubt, be cautious, hang up the phone and don’t respond to their e-mails. Contact your local Law Enforcement Agency for assistance. 

For more information, please contact Chief Doughney at (386) 517-2024.

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