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Griffin PD Warns Public About Scams

GRIFFIN - As a service to the community, the Griffin Police Department would like to remind you to be aware of internet schemes and scams. There are many different types of online marketing schemes that sound too good to be true. Most of these schemes call for an initial payment or investment from you. These type of Online Marketing schemes are usually fraudulent and your personal information can be compromised.

There have been Online Marketing schemes in the past few years that seem to resurface periodically or were never totally eliminated. One such scheme is known as “$2 Money Train”. This scheme is approximately 4 to 5 years old and can still be found in circulation on Facebook, E-Bay, and even on YouTube. These types of Online Marketing schemes sometimes involve cloning and selling websites which may incur or create penalties for the participant. In dealing with sites like these, be aware that it is impossible to predict where or to whom your PayPal information may be sent or utilized.

There are also scams on Facebook that appear as a questionnaire. While engaging in these questionnaires, there are personal questions that are asked. These questions can resemble those that are security questions on financial websites typically used to access personal or business accounts (Example: What is your mother’s maiden name?). These questionnaires may seem harmless at the time, but combined with your personal information can lead to identity fraud.

The Griffin Police Department would like to encourage the public to resist the urge of engaging in Online Marketing schemes of this nature. Make sure to protect your personal information in the process. If you choose to engage with Online Marketing, research the entity thoroughly before you invest your time and money. If you have any questions please call our office at 770-229-6450.

[Note from the Editor: Citizens from Pike County should call the Pike County Sheriff's Office at 770-567-8431 with your questions. I've found that things that sound too good to be true usually are exactly that because there are a lot of dishonest people in the world today.]

Submitted 1.16.18