Hammond police chief warns against falling for email scams
Post-Tribune staff report January 22, 2013 5:32PM
Updated: February 24, 2013 6:25AM
HAMMOND — For anyone who dreams of landing a boatload of money, Police Chief Brian Miller has this advice: “Buy a lottery ticket and wish, don’t fall for a scam and be sorry.”
Miller said his department regularly receives complaints from residents who lost thousands of dollars in email scams.
One popular scam arrives from a private security/investigations consultant with information about a long-lost relative who left a huge estate.
Another, Miller said, is from a foreign civil servant who must move millions in cash to a U.S. account.
In both cases, the recipient of the email must pay a fee to obtain a share of the money, Miller said.
“Sometimes they will ask two or three more times for additional funds and eventually you will drain your accounts and be left broke and scammed,” Miller said.
These cases are difficult to investigate and prosecution is “almost impossible,” the chief warned.
“If you receive one of these emails, please do not get your hopes up. Please do not reply. I assure you, it is a scam,” Miller said.