#HeadsUp: Three recent reports of internet fraud in Fremont County

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It’s reported all three transactions took place on the internet. However, the fraud sources were all different. Two instructed the purchaser to pay with gift cards and the third was a wire transfer. One of the purchases may turn out to be legitimate and there is a problem with the shipping company.

Fremont County Undersheriff Mike Hutchison says, “When conducting business with an unknown individual, especially via the internet, a request to pay with gift cards is always a “red flag” and almost always indicates a scam. If anyone instructs you to purchase gift cards, iTunes cards, or prepaid credit or debit cards of any kind and then provide the numbers, it is a scam. Once the numbers have been provided, the scammers can take all of the money and there is no way to trace or recover the funds.”

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