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Citizen Alert Regarding Fraud Scams

Friday, August 08, 2003 10:00 AM

For Immediate Release:

Recently the Sutter County Sheriff’s Department has been contacted by community members who have received, either in the mail or by electronic mail (e-mail), requests to deposit large amounts of money in either business or personal bank accounts. Although appearing to have been made by different authors, both frauds attempt to get individuals and/or businesses to provide bank account numbers so that large sums of money can be deposited in the “safe” account. This is done with the promise that the assistance will be rewarded by receiving a percentage of the deposited money. With these types of scams, generally little if any money is deposited and the victims account is drained before they realize what has happened. The Sutter County Sheriff’s Department is reminding the public that when they encounter these type of circumstances to “never” provide any account or personal identification information. If these types of scams are received in the mail they should be referred to the United States Postal Inspectors. Fortunately, both citizens who reported these incidents to the Sheriff’s Department provided no information in reply to the request and did not become victims.

Contact Person and Telephone Number:

Bill Grove, Undersheriff (530) 822-7307

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