ODESSA, TX (KWES) - The Odessa Police Department has identified five tell-tale signs of a scam and want you to remember them the next time you find yourself on the receiving end of a suspicious call.
The First thing to remember is that they contacted you.
It seems simple, but with a con artist all you know is who that person says they are.
Next, whoever has reached out to you will offer you something tantalizing.
It could be prize money, an easy loan or a larger paycheck. This stranger will be offering something that you want.
After they have you drooling, they will need to confirm some personal information of yours.
As soon as someone asks for your bank account or social security number, be on red alert as you do not want to easily give your personal information to someone you don't know.
So the person you're talking to has grand promises of a bigger and brighter future, but first you need to send them something.
It is against the law for someone to demand up-front payment before funding a loan or paying out a sweepstakes. Don't be blinded by the promise of future prizes.
Finally, if you're about to wire money to collect a prize, a loan or even an inheritance, be sure you don't as wiring money is a way for scammers to avoid harsh penalties for mail fraud.