From Staff Reports
Webster County Prosecutor Jan R. Butler is warning area residents of another scam that is circulating. Butler said at least one area resident has received both emails and phone calls which allege that the local resident owes a sum of money on an unpaid “payday loan.” The email and caller will have your identifying information such as address and Social Security Number. The caller has a heavy accent and is hard to understand, according to Butler, and threatens a lawsuit. The subject of the email is usually “Notice of Legal Proceedings.” The email claims to be from a law firm and claims a loan was made by U. S. Cash Advance. However, other names may be used. The reach of this scam is nationwide.
Do not give the caller any financial information and do not send a check as then they have your banking information, which is generally what they seek, said Butler.
To avoid being a victim:
• NEVER reply to an email, pop-up, telephone or text message that asks for personal or financial information. Legitimate companies WILL NOT ask for this information.
• ALWAYS contact the creditor organization using a telephone number you know to be correct if you are concerned about your account. Do not call or text the number left in the message, and NEVER follow an internet link to a site.
Anyone who suspects they have been a victim of this scam or any other should contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-281-4418.