APD reminds consumers of fraud

Published 12:40 am Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Andalusia Police Department yesterday reminded local residents to protect themselves against scams.

APD Investigator Cody Warren recently investigated an incident in which a local woman had her PayPal account hacked and used to buy an electronic item like a tablet (iPad), according to a department press release. The investigation revealed the item was shipped to another individual so it can be reshipped to third location.

“The person receiving and reshipping the item is also a victim of this phony company posing as a shipping business,” the release said. “The business in this incident identified itself as Capital Bridge, LLC. This particular company was traced back to Russia. Most of these ‘companies’ are overseas and outside US jurisdiction.”

APD reminds those who purchase items online, use PayPal or other similar service, or bank online, to make sure their accounts are secure.

“Change your password if you haven’t done so recently,” the APD said. “If the service you use allows transaction alerts, set it up so you are notified of any activity on your account.

“Do not give anyone your personal information (ex. Social Security number, bank account number, credit card number, etc.). Legitimate financial institutions will not ask for this type of information on the phone or online. If you are not sure, call your financial institution and ask about it.”

Those who have questions or feel they may have been the victim of a scam should contact the APD to speak with an investigator.