SCHEMES AND RIPOFFS
Apopka custodian used as ‘Money Mule’ to transfer $3.1M to Nigerian police barracks
The U.S. Secret Service has uncovered a multi-million dollar scheme that used a young Apopka janitor as a “money mule” to transfer cash, money orders and unemployment benefits to a Nigerian police barracks over the last six years.
Trust Index: I keep getting political text messages -- are they legit?
The political group that sent the text message apparently did not realize Anderson is Seminole County’s Supervisor of Elections. Some of the political text messages reviewed by News 6 appear to be legitimate. Anderson, who was unfamiliar with that particular text message, is warning voters to be cautious when responding to a political text message or opening an unfamiliar website that could attempt to steal the user’s personal information. [Help fight misinformation: Send questionable social media posts to the Trust Index fact-checking team]“Don’t do it,” said Campbell, who is advising others not to respond to such text messages. “Go to a place you know, like a government facility, to register to vote.”Based on elections officials' warnings and cases of people receiving questionable political text messages, News 6 gives all political text messages a “Be Careful” on its Trust Index.
DO NOT CLICK: Scammers using ’package pending’ text to get your personal info, deputies say
“We found a package from March pending for you,” a photo of the phony text message posted by Osceola County deputies reads. “Kindly assume ownership and confirm for delivery here.”According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, the text includes a link that, when clicked on, leads recipients to a page that requests personal information from them. There have been reports of people receiving a text message about a "Pending Package" with a link requesting personal data. pic.twitter.com/ZX8bEQ2fy1 — Osceola Sheriff (@OsceolaSheriff) September 2, 2020In a “scam alert” warning posted by the sheriff’s office, deputies warned recipients of the dangers of clicking on that link. “Criminals seek to obtain information that could be used to steal your identity, empty your bank account or install malware,” sheriff’s office officials said in a tweet.
Osceola officials warn residents of fake coronavirus testing call
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Emergency officials in Osceola County are warning residents about a fake phone call reportedly going around about COVID-19 testing during the coronavirus pandemic. Officials with Osceola County’s Office of Emergency Management tweeted Monday that they had received several reports about the fraudulent automated call that looks like it’s from an official phone number. Residents are urged not to share personal information by phone. — OsceolaEOC (@OsceolaEOC) April 20, 2020EOC officials said the automated caller is asking residents for information in exchange for COVID-19 testing. To avoid falling victim to a potential scam, residents should not provide any personal information over the phone, EOC officials warned.