Scam artists in Killeen are increasing their efforts to separate residents from their hard-earned money, and the Killeen Police Department wants people to be aware.

A statement released on KPD’s Facebook Page by spokeswoman Carroll Smith said officers are getting more reports about scams.

One of the scams involves residents receiving telephone calls stating a family member has been hurt in an accident, and they need to send money.

Other scams used the promise of money to lure in victims. Generally, these involve a letter, fax or email from a person claiming to be high-ranking official from a government with a surplus of money.

“Another form of scam is that someone claiming to represent a long-lost relative of yours that has died, and left you a large amount of money,” Smith wrote.

Other scams mentioned in the statement include lottery, check and secret shopper scams.

In some cases, victims receive fraudulent checks and money orders in the mail and are asked to deposit these into their bank accounts and send a portion back through Western Union. The checks are fake and money is taken from the victim’s bank account.

Other scams ask people to send money to fill out loan paperwork or involve phone calls claiming they’ve won a prize in contests they did not enter, according to the department.

To avoid falling prey to such scams, KPD offers a few tips:

  • Do not give out personal information.
  • Do not paying fees in advance for any money you might have won or inherited.
  • Shred personal banking statements and bills before throwing them away.

Anyone with information on a scam should contact police.

“Remember,” the statement warned residents. “If it sounds too good to be true, then it usually is.”

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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