District Attorney Early Issues Scam Warning

November 21, 2012

Nov. 21, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Paul Jarvey (508) 368-7241

WORCESTER —Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. is warning residents to be aware of holiday scams, including one coming in the form of a text message that says the recipient has won a $1,000 Best Buy gift card.

The text is not from the electronics retailer, but from scammers looking to get personal credit card information from those receiving the text, according to Mr. Early. Those receiving the text are directed to a web site disguised to appear as if it from the company. Scam web sites will often ask consumers to give their credit card and other information in order to get their prize.

“If something sounds to good to be true, it probably is,” Mr. Early said. “Consumers should be wary about giving up their personal information.”

The scam has been underway around the country for several weeks and has recently made its way to Worcester County.

State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office are investigating.

The Detectives and Best Buy officials recommend that those receiving the bogus text call their cell phone carrier and report that they are receiving Spam.

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