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Digging Deeper: Nigerian scams

Moultrie Police Sgt. Stephen Stratman Moultrie Police Sgt. Stephen Stratman

If someone you don't know asks you to turn around money for them, you should ignore and call police, or else you could end up in big trouble.

The FBI cautions prosperity from larceny could land you in jail. Moultrie Police recently arrested two south Georgia men tangled up in a Nigerian scam, and if you get caught up, police say you'll pay.

"If you get a check and you cash the check you're going to end up owing whatever money is missing is going to come back to you and you're going to be responsible for it," said Moultrie Police Sgt. Stephen Stratman.

Digging deeper police explained how scammers run their hoax, check routing numbers are real, but it takes 15 to 30 days to clear the bank enough time for them to make off with your cash.

"It takes time to clear if you've got it in your account and you switch the money by the time the check is found out, they use the routing numbers and everything on legitimate companies they just write a bogus check from that company, Stratman said.

Police see all types of elaborate scams, even using the local Domino's Pizza and stolen credit card numbers to make extravagant purchases.

"I'm not talking about two large pizzas, I'm talking a significant amount," said Moultrie Police Inv. Dave Underwood. 

The largest purchase more than $100 in pizza products. With these type of scammers looking for credit card numbers, police say you've got to watch for phishing scams too.

"I would discourage anyone from using a credit card online," said Underwood.

And at gas stations. Simple card readers can make off with your information with one swipe as you get gas or as a server takes your card.

"If their card is out of sight for an extended period of time I would be very careful with that. If you're going to pay by credit card be careful with how long it's out of your possession," said Underwood.

Police say never confirm your Social Security number or information like your birth date or address over the phone and when in doubt call police because it's better to be safe than sorry. 

If you know someone who is corresponding with potential scammers, investigators say you should encourage them to stop and contact the FBI or their local police.


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