New Scams In The Area:

Genetic Testing Scams: Read More Here

Social Security Fraud Calls: Read More Here


Be on The Lookout For Romance Scams! - Always beware of sending money to people you have met online. The AARP has an excellent article concerning this scam. You can read more here

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Flood Victims Cautioned to Beware of Frauds and Scams
Watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud.
Local officials urge Eureka and other area residents affected by the recent floods to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud.
As government agencies and charity groups work to provide disaster assistance, scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals may attempt to prey on victims. Some of the most common post-disaster fraud practices include fraudulent housing inspectors, building contractors, pleas for donations and fake offers of disaster aid.
Before entering into a verbal agreement or committing to a signed contract with any individuals or companies, take the time to do the following:

 

  • Don’t allow yourself to be pressured to make an immediate decision
  • Research the company or individual’s work quality online, visit their place of business or check with the Secretary of State, County or City to make sure it is a legitimate company. Ask for a landline or physical business location. Do not pay in cash; use a check or credit card. Verify the individual is a current employee of the company he or she states they represent.
  • Ensure they have the proper permits from the City and other agencies prior to beginning the repairs (Home Restorations).
  • If total payment is required prior to work commencement, look for another contractor.
Disaster survivors should also keep in mind that relief workers usually carry photo identification badges and do not ask for nor accept money. There is no fee required to apply for or to get disaster assistance. Additionally, local disaster assistance agencies will not call to ask for private financial account information. Unless a victim calls a charity or agency, personal information should not be given over the phone.
Complaints should immediately be made to local law enforcement agencies.
Residents can also report scams (including remodeling/repair scams and price gouging) to the Missouri Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-392-8222.
 

 

 

 

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O'Fallon Police Department

We have been receiving reports from citizens that scammers are calling claiming to be from the O'Fallon Police Department. These crooks are then asking for donations for "Fallen Officers".
Please know that we will never call you or email you for donations of any kind. If you have any questions about this or any other potential scams, give us a call at 624-4545.
Your O'Fallon Police Department

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IRS Scams have arrived in the area!
 
These scams involve a caller contacting victims by phone and posing as a representative from the Internal Revenue Service.  The caller tells the victim that the victim owes money to the IRS and if the money is not paid immediately by phone, then the victim will be arrested.  Local law enforcement agencies have taken reports from individuals who were defrauded of money based upon this scam.

The St. Clair County Elder Justice Council wants citizens to be aware of this scam and to protect themselves and their families from becoming victims of it.  The information below regarding the scam is from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and should be kept in mind:

The callers who commit this fraud often:
• Utilize an automated robo-call machine.
• Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
• May know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security Number.
• Make caller ID information appear as if the IRS is calling.
• Aggressively demand immediate payment to avoid being criminally charged or arrested.
• Claim that hanging up the telephone will cause the immediate issuance of an arrest warrant for unpaid taxes.
• Send bogus IRS e-mails to support their scam.
• Call a second or third time claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles, and the caller ID again supports their claim.

If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment, here’s what to do:

• If you owe Federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
• If you do not owe taxes, fill out the “IRS Impersonation scam” form on TIGTA’s website, www.tigta.gov, or call TIGTA at 800-366-4484.
• You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint.