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The Bethlehem Police Department would like to take this time to remind residents to be on the lookout for multiple scams that are occurring in the capital region. The Bethlehem Police Department recommends that people be cautious of potential scams and be alert to any unsolicited phone calls that they receive. Some of the most frequent scams are the Social Security scam, the Internal Revenue Service scam and the grandparent scam. In all of these scams the caller attempts to use scare tactics and false information in an attempt to solicit personal information and any type of payment they can receive to satisfy their reason for calling.
Scammers commonly ask for credit/debit card accounts, for banking information and even request that you purchase gift cards and send the account numbers to access the funds on these cards. People should be cautious of giving credit card information over the phone unless it is a call that they initiate.
Likewise, legitimate companies or corporations, or bail bondsman will never ask people to purchase prepaid credit cards to purchase items or pay fees. Also, it is recommended that people take precautionary steps if they believe that the caller or organization is skeptical. Businesses and phone numbers can be verified on the internet as well. If residents are unsure if the person calling is legitimate then they should contact their local police prior to sending any money or providing any personal information.
Also remember when service workers come to your home, legitimate service workers or municipal employees will wear a uniform, drive a marked work vehicle and have identification.
AARP website has various links to educate seniors on scams and fraud with the latest being issued by the Social Security Administration warning of an increase in telephone scams.
Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to contact Bethlehem Police at 518-439-9973. Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Capital Region Crime Stoppers at www.capitalregioncrimestoppers.com or by downloading the free P3 Tips app to any IOS or Android device.