Scam alert, new twist on old email threat

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OSCEOLA The Better Business Bureau is warning people about two old scams that are resurfacing to cause new problems.

The first will affect your email. A phony message appears to be from the New York Police Department. It reads as follows.

The person charged as follows (name may be yours or someone you know).

Time: 5:01 a.m.

Date of offense- January 10, 2014

Speed over 30 zone

There will also be an option to "click here to fill out form" at the bottom of the email, it may also include a phony message depicting they have your fingerprint.

The red flag is obvious. The victim will know whether he or she was in New York on the date provided, but the Better Business Bureau says curiosity leads people into trouble. Many people know this is a scam, but will click on links anyway, to try and find out more, or to "unsubscribe."

The best thing to do is delete the email as soon as possible. Clicking on any provided links will likley lead to a virus.

The second scam is a new twist on the popular Green Dot Money Pak card scams. This time, scammers already know who has the cards.

The thieves will call or email claiming the victim has won a lottery, but as usual, will demand a fee.

Scammers will ask people for the 14-digit prepaid card number. The bad news is once someone gives up this number, the scammer can transfer any funds into their own prepaid account.

For more information or to report a scam, contact your local Better Business Bureau.


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