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Posted on: February 10, 2021

Scam Avoidance Tips from the Gulf Shores Police Department

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In recent years the Gulf Shores Police Department, and departments throughout the country, have seen a large increase in online and phone scams. To help prevent our citizens from becoming victims of these scams, Gulf Shores Police Department has put together a few quick tips to help you recognize them. 

  • Do not give your personal or financial information in response to a request that you didn’t expect. Legitimate organizations won’t call, email or text to ask for your personal information, like your Social Security Number, bank account, or credit card numbers.
  • Resist the pressure to act immediately. Legitimate businesses will give you time to make a decision. Anyone who pressures you to pay or give them your personal information is a scammer.  If the caller demands you stay on the line and provide payment, it is a scam.
  • Know how scammers tell you to pay. Never pay someone who insists you pay with a gift card or by using a money transfer service. And never deposit a check and send money back to someone.  If you are buying an item online (Facebook, Craigslist, etc.), be wary of sending money to someone you don’t know or can’t verify is legitimate.  
  • Stop and talk to someone you trust. Before you do anything else, tell someone.  Contact the Gulf Shores PD, who can help determine if a request is legitimate before any information is exchanged. 
  • Do not send money to someone claiming to be law enforcement.  A common tactic is for scammers to claim to be local law enforcement and say you have a warrant or judgment that needs to be paid via gift cards.  Law enforcement will NEVER call you and ask for money over the phone.  Hang up immediately.  If you are unsure, call GSPD. 

For any questions concerning scams, or related matters, contact the Gulf Shores Police Department non-emergency line at 251-968-2341.