Saturday, April 26, 2014
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From the office of Chief Greenslate

Internet fraud warning

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[April 26, 2014]  The Lincoln Police Department has recently received reports of a variety of Internet cyber fraud. The police department reminds the public to be careful of the following:

  • Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) email.

  • Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited email.

  • Be cautious of email claiming to contain pictures in attached files; the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders. Scan the attachments for viruses if possible.

  • Avoid filling out forms contained in email messages that ask for personal information.

  • Always compare the link in the email to the link you are actually directed to and determine if they match and will lead you to a legitimate site.

  • Log on directly to the official website for the business identified in the email instead of "linking" to it from an unsolicited email. If the email appears to be from your bank, credit card issuer or other company you deal with frequently, your statements or official correspondence from the business will provide the proper contact information.

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  • Contact the actual business that supposedly sent the email to verify that the email is genuine.

  • If you are requested to act quickly or there is an emergency that requires your attention, it may be a scam. Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly.

  • Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

[Text from file received from Chief Ken Greenslate, Lincoln Police Department]

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