Norwalk Police Department Issues Alert On Phone Scams

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The Norwalk Police Department has issued an alert and tips to be aware of phone scams. Photo Credit: File Photo

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk Police Department has issued an alert along with  tips to be aware of phone scams.

  • Utility Scams: You are contacted by phone by someone pretending to be from a utility company and told an immediate payment must be made by Green Dot Money-Pak or similar type payment or your utility will be cut off. Prevent Being A Victim: Check your bill and call the utility company directly. Do not transfer or wire money this way. 
  • Cablevision Scam: You are contacted by phone by someone pretending to be from Cablevision and offered a discount in service cost if you send a payment by Green Dot Money-Pak or similar type payment. Prevent Being A Victim: Call Cablevision, do not transfer or wire money this way. 
  • A Relative In Trouble Scam: You are contacted by phone by someone with a story of a relative in trouble (i.e. accident, arrested, in the hospital, etc.) and some money needs to be sent by Green Dot Money-Pak, Western Union, Money Gram or some similar type payment. Prevent Being A Victim: Call family members and check the story. Do not transfer or wire money this way. 
  • IRS Scam:You are contacted by phone by someone pretending to be from the IRS and told you owe back taxes to IRS and you are told an immediate payment must be made by Green Dot Money-Pak or similar type payment or you will be arrested. Prevent Being A Victim: Call the IRS and do not transfer or wire money this way. 
  • Overpayment Scam: You advertise something you want to sell, and a potential buyer offers to purchase it. The buyer sends a check for more than the asking price and asks you to wire back the difference. You do, but later the buyer's check bounces. Prevent being a victim: Do not deposit the check and do not transfer or wire money this way. 
  • Be suspicious of any caller demanding immediate payment for any reason. 
  • Never give out your personal or financial information to anyone that calls or emails you unsolicited. 
  • Never wire money, provide debit or credit cards numbers, Green Dot Money-Pak card numbers or gift card numbers to someone you do not know. 
  • Utility companies and government agencies do not collect money or demand payment this way. 
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