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There has been a surge of online scams targeting El Pasoans through the popular website Craigslist, said The El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say a man in far East El Paso became a victim as recently as last Friday. The victim, who was selling a flute on Craigslist, received five forged money orders and had his bank account drained.

The Sheriff's Office provided the following list of warning signs to look out for to protect yourself form similar scams:

- Payment in advance for products or services

- Using a wire transfer, Western Union, money order, postal order, etc. to complete a transaction, especially in advance of the receipt of goods or services.

- Any mail soliciting employment as a “Secret Shopper.”

- Any phone calls from “your favorite grandson,” or a dear friend stating they need money to pay for damages sustained in a traffic accident in Canada.

- Letters, emails, or phone calls from an “Investigator” from a bank or credit card company requesting detailed information (Credit Card number, Social Security Number, Date of Birth, etc.) to continue an investigation, or demanding monies be drawn from your account to continue an investigation.

- Goods offered for sale on Craig’s List that require payment, sight unseen, for receipt of the offered good.

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