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Police Warn of Increased Internet and Phone Scams

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With the giving season upon us, Butte-Silver Bow County police are warning residents of an increase in scams this time of year.

They say the scams occur both over the phone and the Internet.

"Credit cards are used a lot on the computers so people are getting your account numbers, your names," said Butte-Silver Bow Undersheriff George Skuletich. "You're telling people on Facebook that you're going to be gone, or your family is. They live off that kind of information to be able to scam you."

According to the Butte-Silver Bow Police Department, cyber scammers are using a variety of techniques to steal money from online shoppers this holiday season.

Emails are going out offering "too good to be true" deals on name-brand products.

Scammers are also offering quick cash to victims who will re-ship their packages to multiple destinations.

Although scams are increasing over the Internet at this time of the year, police are also warning folks about scams that might come over their phone.

"A lot of it has to do with traveling families," said Skuletich. "They'll say that they're stranded somewhere and they need you to send them money. Or that they've been arrested in Canada or Mexico and to please send money because they need to be bailed out of jail and stuff like that."

Last weekend Butte police helped a man who was told he was receiving a grant he never applied for.

The victim sent the scammer $750 before he realized it was fake.

"If it feels like it's too good to be true, it really is too good to be true," Skuletich said. "Don't do it."

Undersheriff Skuletich says in most cases the victim never receives the money back from a scam.

He says it's best to call the police if you believe you're being scammed and before you give any money.

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