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Posted on: September 14, 2023

[ARCHIVED] GJPD Alerting Community of Financial Scams

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The Grand Junction Police Department is aware of a financial fraud and is alerting citizens, so they do not fall victim. These scams involve impersonation and various deceptive tactics aimed at stealing personal information, sensitive data, and financial assets. Scammers call or email citizens about a breach of their financial records and/or compromised anti-virus software and convince citizens to give them sensitive information to gain access to their accounts and records. Scammers will often tell victims not to talk with anyone else or make reports. The Grand Junction Police Department urges citizens to take precautions and question any suspicious activity.

The Grand Junction Police Department recommends citizens to safeguard themselves from falling victim to these scams and recommend the following precautions:

  1. Verify the Source: Always confirm the legitimacy of the communication or request you receive. If you are unsure, contact your financial institution directly.
  2. Be Cautious with Personal Information: NEVER share sensitive personal information such as Social Security numbers, bank account details, or passwords over the phone or email.
  3. Watch for Phishing Emails: Be cautious of unsolicited emails, especially those requesting personal information or payment. Do NOT click on unverified links.
  4. Beware of Phone Scams: Scammers may impersonate legitimate organizations. If you receive an unexpected call, hang up and call the official phone number of the organization to verify the request.

The Grand Junction Police Department asks community members to report any fraudulent activity to their financial institutions. Citizens who fall victim to any financial scams may report them to  https://www.ic3.gov or https://www.ftc.gov.

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