LOGAN TWP. — On Nov,. 4, police investigated another in a series of scams involving residents who use online services such as Craigslist for event tickets and vacation rentals.
Police have offered some advice for dealing with online services.
Dealing locally, face-to-face, can avoid most scam attempts.
Do not extend payment to anyone you have not met in person.
Beware of offers involving shipping.
Never wire funds (by Western Union, for example) — police believe anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer.
Don’t accept cashiers checks, certified checks or money orders — banks can cash fake checks, then hold you responsible when they discover the checks are fake.
Don’t accept third-party transactions.
Never give out financial information, such as bank account, Social Security numbers of PayPal accounts.
Don’t rent or purchase anything sight unseen.
Refuse background/credit checks until you have met an employer or landlord in person.
Most scams involve one or more of the following: an email or text from someone not local to your area; a vague initial inquiry asking about “the item,” possibly with poor grammar or spelling; mention of Western Union, Money Gram, cashiers checks, money orders, PayPal, shipping, escrow or a guarantee; and the inability to meet face-to-face to complete the transaction.