Press ReleaseFor Release: 07-20-2017
Prepared By: Sergeant Gary Davis
Raytown Police Advise That Internet Based Scams Are On The Rise
Raytown, MO – Police wish to remind the public to be aware of potential scammers that are stealing money from people through social media and internet websites. Raytown Police have noticed a steady increase of internet based scams, victimizing citizens in 2017. Victims selling items on websites such as Craigslist, or any other online trading sites have received checks for more than what they are selling is worth from the purchaser. The scammers then request that the victim cash the check and send the remainder back to the purchaser. Police wish to remind the public that a check, once cashed can take several days to clear, determining whether or not the purchaser has sufficient funds to cover the purchase. In most cases reported, the checks bounced and the victim was left without funds for the products sold. Scammers were returned additional money than the check that was written was worth and were never heard from again. Raytown Police encourage the public to never accept a check from subjects that they don’t know, or receive in the mail and never give out credit card or bank account information. In addition, the public is also encouraged to never wire money to anyone that they do not know as payment for items. Citizens are also encouraged to perform transactions at police departments and well lit, well-travelled public places.