EPPD warns of scam involving El Paso Times classified ads
POSTED: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 9:38am
UPDATED: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 2:52pm
El Paso, TX — El Paso Police are warning citizens who place advertisements in the El Paso Times of a possible scam that is targeting them.
EPPD released information Thursday about a scam that has been identified by their Northeast Regional Command Center's Criminal Investigation Division. The scam targets people who place classified ads in the El Paso Times.
The first day of the classified ad printing, someone will call the person who placed the ad, pretending they are with the Times, and notifying the person placing the ad that the credit card used to place the ad did not process correctly. They then ask the victim if they want to continue printing the ad, they will need a new credit card.
The suspects then pretend to run the card and claim it is not working and request another form of payment and information on the second credit card. The victim later finds out that both credit cards have been compromised.
EPPD has contacted El Paso Times and their classified section does not ask for credit card information in this fashion. Police are reminding citizens to never provide personal information including date of birth, social security number, or any financial accounts to anyone who initiates contact with you.
If someone contacts you from a business that you have previously and legitimately provided information to you should advise the caller that you will call them back at the number you know the be legitimate to resolve the issue.
Police are also advising citizens to not rely on caller ID to identify a legitimate number.