GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Local officials are warning residents to beware of ongoing financial scam calls.
The Grand Junction Police Department has received several reports of residents falling victim to financial scams. Here are some of the common financial scams reported to authorities:
- Tech Support Scams: Scammers pose as technical support representatives from legitimate companies, tricking victims into believing they have computer issues. These scammers
- Phishing Scans: Scammers often use deceptive emails, messages, or phone calls to trick victims into disclosing personal and financial information.
- Warrant Scams: Scammers claim to be a member of law enforcement or government organization, threatening to arrest or prosecute victims unless they provide money.
- Grandparent Scams: Scammers pose as a relative or someone who is helping the relative, claiming to be in immediate financial need.
The GJPD is urging you to take the following precautions to protect yourself from financial scams:
- Educate yourself about common scams and end all communication with the perpetrators. Talk to your friends and family and warn them about the various scams.
- Resist the pressure to act quickly.
- Verify the identity of the person or organization contacting you. If it seems fishy, it probably is.
- Be cautious with personal and financial information. Use strong and unique passwords.
- NEVER give or send personally identifiable information, money, gift cards, checks or wire money to unverified people or businesses, even in person. Gift cards should only be purchased as gifts or utilized for their intended purpose when shopping.
- Be careful what you download or open. Never open an email attachment from someone you don’t know and be wary of email attachments or computer “pop-ups”.
- Be cautious of people at your door claiming to be technical support. It’s okay to send them away and verify the person is who they say they are. Call or visit the company yourself before taking a phone number from a person you haven’t verified.
Click here to view the full GJPD scam alert.