Scams, Spam and Phishing

 

The Olathe Police Department wants to remind citizens that scams are occurring on a regular basis.  Scams vary in approach -- it could be a knock or flyer on your door, a phone call, e-mail, or text message.

Be skeptical and cautious with personal information.

Tips that can help prevent you from being a victim:

  1. Most legitimate businesses will not ask for personal information via email or telephone.  If you have doubts, call the business (via a legitimate or known phone number) and inquire about the request.
  2. Use appropriate filters, blocks, and firewalls on your computer system and keep it up to date.
  3. Do not follow links or call phone numbers provided in suspicious messages.  Generally, they are phony links and numbers the scammers use to legitimize the scam.  Many scam artists are tehnically sound and make the offer look legitimate.
  4. If the deal, offer, or potential benefits look too good to be true, it probably is.

For additional information go to the Internet Crime Complaint Center.