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Thursday, September 28, 2023

GPD warns residents about scams

Gainesville residents may be the targets of two scams, according to police.

Gainesville Police Department spokesman Keith Kameg warned residents to look out for scam e-mails promising readers about $3,000 to become secret shoppers.

Readers that respond to the fake company are either asked for their bank account information to deposit the money or told they will receive a check or money order, Kameg said.

If a check or money order is sent, the recipients are told they should only use a certain amount of it and send back the rest, he said.

The check or money order bounces within a week, meaning the shoppers not only spent their own money on purchases but also sent extra money to the company.

The other scam involves men in a white van who tell residents that they have discounted speakers for sale, Kameg said.

The men show victims work orders to install five speakers in a home or business, but say suppliers sent seven, he said.

A Gainesville man agreed to purchase the speakers last week for $180, and when he installed them at home, he realized they did not work, Kameg said.

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