The West York Borough Police Department is warning residents about the “One-Ring Phone Scam,” which uses auto-dialers to target cell phone numbers across the country. The danger to consumers is NOT in receiving the call, but in calling the number back.
How it works:
Scammers call your phone allow it to ring only once and then immediately hang up, prompting a missed call notification on cell phones. When the intended victim returns this call, the vicitm will hear a message such as, “You’ve reached the operator, please hold,” while being hit with a hefty per-minute charge on top of an international rate.
Most of these calls originate from phone numbers with three-digit area codes that appear as if they are from within the U.S., but are actually associated with international phone numbers: Thus far, the area codes identified as being used by scammers include 268, 284, 473, 664, 649, 767, 809, 829, 849 and 876. *Note: Other area codes can and may be already in use!
How to protect yourself:
To protect yourself, simply ignore a call like this should you receive one. If you’re tempted to call back for whatever reason, check the number on online directories or search engines first to confirm where the phone is registered or see if it’s listed as a scam phone number.
Too late, you have been scammed! Now what?
Unfortunately, due to these scammers being based overseas, local law enforcement agencies will not be able to conduct an investigation nor make an arrest. However, if you have been the victim of this scam, first attempt to resolve the charges with your cell phone provider. If that doesn’t work, then you must file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
PARKING ADVISORY - YORK FAIR PARKING PERMITS
Persons residing within the designated York Fair Parking Permit Zone, which are easily idenitifed by the posted blue signs which read; "PERMIT PARKING YORK FAIR & SPECIAL EVENTS" are eligible for free vehicle parking permits.
Parking Permits may be obtained on the following dates and times at the following locations:
TUE 9-2-14 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. @ West York Borough Municipal Office, 1700 W. Philadelphia Street
WED 9-3-14 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. @ West York Fire Department, 1361 W. Market Street
THU 9-4-14 9:00 A.M. unitl 4:00 P.M. @ West York Borough Municipal Office
FRI 9-5-14 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. @ West York Borough Municipal Office
*Note: If you reside along W. Market Street with metered parking spaces you are not eligible for a free York Fair Parking Permit. However, you may purchase an Annual Meter Parking Permit which will allow you to park at any WYB parking meter without having to feed a meter. These permits may be obtained at the WYB Municipal Office at a prorated rate throughout the year, and do not expire until February of the following year.
SCAM ALERT - Income Tax Filing “Phishing” Attacks
The West York Borough Police Department has received information that law enforcement agencies have been reporting an increase in attempted e-mail phishing attacks with respect to income tax filing deadlines. The objective of these types of attacks is to lure people to click on links or an attachment within the body of an e-mail, leading that person to execute a malicious computer code on their computer. Listed below are preventive strategies to minimize the chance of an attack being successful.
The sender of an e-mail or initiator of the phone call is your first indication as to whether an e-mail or phone call is legitimate. Be cognizant of how you file, whether electronically or via e-mail and whether through a third party tax service or the IRS directly. If being contacted by phone, ask for that person’s name and call back number.
If you file a paper copy but receive an e-mail notification, there is a good chance the received e-mail is malicious. The IRS and third party providers typically do not send e-mail notifications, especially to taxpayers filing a paper return. If you file a paper return yet receive an e-mail notification, contact the IRS or whoever prepared your taxes directly.
If you file your taxes online, but receive e-mails from other third parties stating that you are eligible for a larger return, or there was an error on your return, treat these e-mails as suspicious and do not open them. Notify the IRS and your tax filing service provider about the e-mail.
Do not click on links in e-mails or open any attachments. Typically notifications from the IRS come via postal service. The IRS will not initiate contact with taxpayers by e-mail to request personal or financial information. If there is any doubt contact the IRS or your tax provider directly prior to opening any attachments.
Do not give out any personal information over the phone or in an e-mail without confirming the other party’s identity. Ask for a name and callback number and verify the authenticity of the phone call.
If you have any questions regarding electronic filing, please contact the IRS directly at: http://www.irs.gov
If you have further questions or concerns please contact WYBPD directly (717) 854-1975
SCAM ALERT - Fraudulent Notifications
The West York Borough Police Department continue to receive reports of letters and e-mails being distributed pursuant to prize sweepstakes or lottery schemes. These schemes use counterfeit checks that bear legitimate-looking logos of various financial institutions to fool victims into sending money to the fraudsters.
Fraudsters tell victims they won a sweepstakes or lottery, but to receive a lump sum payout, they must pay the taxes and processing fees upfront. Fraudsters direct individuals to call a telephone number to initiate a letter of instructions. The letter alleges that the victim may elect to take an advance on the winnings to make the required upfront payment. The letter includes a check in the amount of the alleged taxes and fees, along with processing instructions. Ultimately, victims believe they are using the advance to make the required upfront payment, but in reality they are falling prey to the scheme.
The victim deposits the check into their own bank, which credits the account for the amount of the check before the check clears. The victim immediately withdraws the money and wires it to the fraudsters. Afterwards, the check proves to be counterfeit and the bank pulls the respective funds from the victim’s account, leaving the victim liable for the amount of the counterfeit check plus any additional fees the bank may charge.
Persons may fall victim to this scheme due to the allure of easy money and the apparent legitimacy of the check the fraudsters include in the letter of instruction. The alleged cash prizes and locations of the financial institutions vary.
Tips to avoid being scammed:
A federal statute prohibits mailing lottery tickets, advertisements, or payments to purchase tickets in a foreign lottery.
Be leery if you do not remember entering a lottery or sweepstakes.
Beware of lotteries or sweepstakes that charge a fee prior to delivering your prize.
Be wary of demands to send additional money as a requirement to be eligible for future winnings.
If you have been a victim of this type of scam or any other cyber crime, you can report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center or IC3 at http://www.IC3.gov. The IC3 is a partnership between the FBI, the National White Collar Crime Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The IC3 complaint database links complaints for potential referral to law enforcement for case consideration. Complaint information is also used to identify emerging trends and patterns to alert the public to new criminal schemes.
If you have further questions or concerns please contact WYBPD directly at (717) 854-1975