Police offer tips on avoiding holiday scams

Police offer tips on avoiding holiday scams

SEARCY, AR (KAIT) - 'Tis the season for giving and, according to one Region 8 police department, scamming.

The Searcy Police Department is urging citizens to beware of several scams making the rounds this holiday season.

To help people avoid becoming victims, they offer a few tips.

First and foremost, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

"There are not many businesses who need you to cash a check and then send them part of the cash while you keep a percentage," said Officer Terri Lee, public information officer for the SPD. "Businesses can cash their own checks at a bank."

Second, check the source.

"If someone calls you about an outstanding bill and wants payment immediately, over the phone or by mail, check the source," Lee said. "Never give credit card or bank account information over the phone unless you initiated the call."

Lee also urges citizens to be careful where they click and advises they not open emails from unknown sources.

"Some emails look legitimate, but are cloned," she said. "If you click a link in an email, it could take you to a website that looks like the original but could be set up just to steal your information."

For those who need help determining if something is a scam, she urges them to contact either their local law enforcement agency or the Searcy Police Department at 501-268-3531.

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