Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Duluth Police Department is warning Northlanders about a sophisticated wire transfer fraud that's scamming victims out of thousands of dollars.
In the last few weeks police have received several reports of money transfer scams in the forms of job postings on employment websites, and requests to claim fake lottery prizes.
They say the perpetrators are sophisticated, working through multiple layers of concealment and making them virtually impossible to locate.
Victims may be approached by e–mail, US mail, phone, text, or through newspaper or internet ads.
The scams usually ask victims to wire transfer funds via Western Union or Moneygram.
Authorities urge that no one send money to someone he or she doesn't know.
WHAT POLICE ASK:
1. Always remember that wiring money is like sending cash. When you send it, it’s gone, and you cannot get it back.
2. Never wire money to someone you do not know.
3. Never deposit a check from someone who tells you to wire some of the money back to them.
4. Never wire money to someone who says that money transfer is the only acceptable form of payment.
5. Never send money to receive money.