New scams making the rounds

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has recently encountered some new scams which we want you to know about.

The bad guys are hacking into a cell phone and using the contacts within to find victims. Suspects are impersonating the actual phone owner and are only using text messages to communicate, no voice-to-voice contact is made. Victims are informed by the suspect that they have recently been involved in a lucrative money making deal and asks the victims to send them money to invest. Since the messages are coming from someone in their contact list, the victims believe it is legitimate.

Another scam involves using Facebook Messenger, where someone is contacted by a ‘friend’ regarding a money making system. Once the victim contacts the sender, they are put into contact with a fraudulent business, who then uses the pressure system of sending money orders to Nigeria, in return the victim will receive a check from UPS for a much larger amount. The delivery truck then has an accident and needs money to repair the truck, in this instance they even sent a photo of a UPS truck that had been wrecked. Lucky for our victim, the last payment went under investigation before any more money was lost.

Don’t be a victim! Protect yourself and your personal information, if it seems too good to be true, it is probably a scam.