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Latest Trends In Hernando County Fraud / ID Theft
NW3C Cyber Threat Advisory and Analysis Series (added 1/27/2014)
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Recent Pattern Of Activity - Mail Theft (added 1/23/2014)
There have been several recent fraud crimes committed that directly relate to mail theft. Both incoming and outgoing mail thefts have been reported. Identity theft, check theft & forgery, credit card theft, and fraudulent use of a credit card are a few of the crimes directly related to mail theft. There have been arrests made and other subjects related to this activity have been identified and are currently under investigation. This is not isolated to one geographic area so all citizens should be on alert. We had similar activity several years ago and a few subjects from that group are STILL in prison. The faster we can make an example of these suspects the faster we can deter any others from committing similar crimes. Tips to help prevent these crimes:
  1. Do not put outgoing mail in the mailbox the night before (especially: if checks or personal id information is in the envelope)
  2. Use post office mail boxes or drop locations if possible
  3. If you are have to use your mailbox put the mail in at the latest possible time to limit the availability to thieves
  4. If you will be out of town put a “hold” on your mail or have someone collect your mail for you
  5. If you believe you have a check/credit card that is overdue contact your financial institution to make sure it hasn’t been delivered and/or has not been used.
  6. If you make a check out to cash in the mail try to put as much detail as possible in the memo section to hopefully prevent and/or deter someone from attempting to cash it. (i.e. for John’s birthday, specific service, etc.)
  7. If you observe a suspicious person/vehicle that appears to be driving around your neighborhood call the HCSO with as much detail as possible about the person/vehicle. A description alone can sometimes assist us in tracking/identifying subjects that may already be under investigation.
  8. If you have information concerning this or any other criminal activity remember that you can anonymously report your information via Crimestoppers and possibly be eligible for a cash reward.
Holiday Cyber-scams and how to combat them
Holiday Cyber-scam information
A few things you can do to prevent being a victim
  • Change all passwords.
  • Contact one of the three credit bureaus to report the crime (Equifax, Experian or TransUnion). Request a fraud alert on the credit report to prevent any further fraudulent activity.
  • Close any compromised bank accounts and cancel credit cards that are being used fraudulently.
  • Contact the Social Security Administration if a social security number may have been stolen.
If you identify a possible cyber-scam report them to the Federal Trade Commission and the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) to augment law enforcement’s knowledge-base of ongoing scams. By understanding the types of cyber-scams perpetrated during the holidays and helping to prevent, investigate and prosecute them, law enforcement can help make the holidays less stressful and happier for all.
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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