The pigeon drop can
Many frauds go unreported because victims are too embarrassed to
admit that they were duped. When that happens, the con man is free to move
on to his next victim.
There is no shame in becoming a crime victim. The unfortunate fact is that it can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. One of the most common
scams is called the pigeon drop. Fall for it and it will cost you dearly.
In the pigeon drop, a couple of strangers tell you they've found or
won a large sum of money, a lottery or some other item of value. Then they
explain that they can't immediately access the fortune for some reason. They
may claim that immediate access will subject them to massive taxes. Or they
may claim to be illegal aliens forbidden from cashing a winning lottery ticket. All these are simply ruses to draw you into the scam.
Next, they'll tell you that if you put up some good faith money to
secure the prize or winnings, the strangers will split the winnings with
you. Don't fall for it! If you do, one thing's for sure: You'll never see
the strangers or your money again.
Please report any fraud, scam, rip-off or suspicious activity to your
local law enforcement agency. The information that you provide might be just
enough to thwart a crime, catch a thief or prevent others from being victimized.
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