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Indiana State Police warn of possible scam

Thursday, January 6, 2011

PUTNAMVILLE -- The Indiana State Police Post at Putnamville recently stated it receives inquiries into the validity of telephone, cell phone, United States Mail and online notifications informing the receiving person(s) they have been selected as a winner for substantial amounts of money.

Nearly all of the notifications originate from overseas criminal enterprises and require persons to send all inquiries and responses overseas as well.

In the latest round of rouses to target valley residents, potential victims are told they have won a "Bonus Lottery Promotion Prize Award," and this is the "Final Winning Notification."

The target persons are then advised to contact an overseas e-mail address and provide personal banking information so their bogus winnings may be deposited directly into their account.

Armed with banking information, the criminal enterprises will then have the ability to withdraw money from victim's account, instead of depositing funds.

While most citizens are aware of these scams, there may be some unsuspecting persons responding to the request and have the possibility of losing money from their bank accounts.

Therefore, the Criminal Investigation Division at the Putnamville Post is reminding residents to never provide personal or banking information to someone they don't know; do not respond to unknown requests for information; and should they become the victim of a suspected scam, call law enforcement.

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