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Latest Trends In Hernando County Fraud / ID Theft
Beware of the Deed Scam (added 4/8/2015)
A new Deed Scam is going on around the country and has made its way to Hernando County. The scam is described in this article: http://www.realtor.com/news/beware-of-this-deed-scam/ Basically, a letter is sent to a new homeowner requesting $83.00 for a copy of the homeowner’s property deed to be sent to them. These “bills” are being sent from what appears to be a company in California and are a scam. They may appear with titles such as “Deed Processing Service” or “Record Transfer Services”. Normally these documents are sent to new home buyers for free after sale or transfer. These records are public record and are available through the county clerk’s office should the homeowner need another copy. The scam is disguising itself as a “service” which charges $83.00 for something you can do yourself for free on the Hernando County Clerk of Court Website or for $1 per page at the clerk’s office.

“Generally, if you receive a solicitation asking for more money after your closing, it isn’t legitimate. But if you aren’t sure or want more information, contact your county clerk’s office or your real estate agent.” Realtor.com
Citi Bank Scam Alert (added 3/13/2015)
Public Beware of recent information received involving Citi Bank customers. Customers may first receive a telephone call from “Citi Bank” advising that your Citi account is past due. The call is a recorded message and asks the customer to verify the card number, along with other personal identification information.

Customers are also receiving letters from the scammer that look legitimately from Citi Bank that includes the company logo, the last five digits of your card number along with your full name and address.

The letter also indicates that the customer’s account reflects a past due status and “together we will find a solution”. A telephone number is provided. It was confirmed that the number does not belong to Citi Bank.

This is a scam! Do not call the number provided on the letter or give your account number to the recorded message. Call the telephone number on the back of your credit card, or the customer service telephone number listed on your billing statement.

INTERNET AND E-MAIL FRAUD
  • Keep you internet security software upto date
  • Set a password on your interent wireless router
  • Beware of Phishing sites that look like legitimate websites
  • Do not open unsolicited e-mail.
  • Beware of using cell phones to access interent. Get anti-virus software if available.
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HCSO VIDEO LIST

Choose From List on Right
  • * Video Guide to online fraud report with Internet Crime Complaint Center.
  • * National Insurance Crime Bureau Video's (will take you to external site)
  • * Nigerian Scam Computer Room Bust
  • * How to obtain free credit reports by US Treasury Dept.
  • * IRS Dirty Dozen Tax Scams.
TELEPHONE FRAUD
  • Telephone lottery scams. Use common sense, you can't win if you didn't play.
  • Don't trust caller ID. Information can be faked.
  • Be careful of inheritance scams. Remember if you had a rich relative then you most likely would have known about it during your life.
  • If contacted about bail money for someone you know, contact the arresting agency yourself and verify it is true. Don't accept number given to you over the phone, look it up yourself.
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HANDYMAN / REPAIR SCAMS
Potentially the largest threat to the elderly in Hernando County
  • NEVER ACCEPT THE FIRST ESTIMATE ON ANYTHING
  • NEVER PAY MORE THAN A 10% DOWN PAYMENT
  • NEVER PAY MONEY THAT IS NOT DUE UNTIL A CERTAIN PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION UNTIL THAT PHASE IS COMPLETE
  • BEFORE MAKING PAYMENT(S) FOR CONSTRUCTION MAKE SURE ALL SUBCONTRACTORS HAVE BEEN PAID IN FULL
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ID THEFT / CREDIT CARD FRAUD
  • Check you balance online as often as possible
  • Use credit monitoring software to determine who is accessing your credit
  • Examine ATM and Gas Pumps for covert cameras aimed at the keypad or tampering evidence before using.
  • Check kids S.S. number. Children can be victimized and go undetected for years.
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