Doña Ana County

POSTER AIMS TO SAVE RESIDENTS FROM BECOMING VICTIMS OF FRAUD

POSTER AIMS TO SAVE RESIDENTS FROM BECOMING VICTIMS OF FRAUD

 

               In recognition of National Consumer Protection Week, the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department has rolled out a new poster campaign aimed at keeping residents’ money where it belongs – in their pockets.

            The anti-fraud message is one that has been shared countless times in the media using traditional press releases and social media posts. Despite efforts to educate residents on how to avoid becoming victims of fraud, cases are still being reported by people who give away money over the phone thinking they’re paying a legitimate citation, warrant, or overdue tax bill.

            Brightly-colored posters in English and Spanish are going up in retail locations and government buildings all across Doña Ana County, thanks in part to county employees and volunteers with the Special Deputy Sheriff’s Commission. The message is simple: Don’t help a thief steal your money. Some of the tips include:

  • Never give out sensitive information over the phone to anyone. This includes your Social Security number, date of birth, bank account information or credit card numbers.
  • Government organizations like the U.S. Treasury or the Internal Revenue Service will never contact you by phone regarding unpaid taxes that can be satisfied with gift cards, prepaid cash cards or iTunes cards (you can only use iTunes cards to buy things from the App Store, like books, music or games. You cannot use them to pay bills).
  • Neither the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department nor any other law-enforcement agency will contact you over the phone to clear up a warrant. If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, we will either come to your house or verify that warrant during a traffic stop or court appearance.

National Consumer Protection Week, now in its 20th year, is an initiative of the Federal Trade Commission that is devoted to protecting consumers from scams. According to the FTC, imposter scams, debt collection and identity theft continue to be the top issues reported to local and federal authorities.

For more information on protecting yourself from scams, or if you feel you have been the victim of a fraud, contact your local police department or the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov.          

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Public Information Communication Specialist Kelly Jameson at (575) 386-4302.

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