Money scams reported to Dillon Police Department |

Money scams reported to Dillon Police Department

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DILLON – As money scams are seeping into Dillon, its police department wants to remind everyone that “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Dillon police chief Joe Wray recently announced that he’s received reports of two different types of scams received through

e-mail, phone and websites.

According to Wray in an e-mail, one case involved a couple searching for additional income. They found a website offering government tax money -it asked folks to send $100 with a return of $18,300. The couple sent $100 via Western Union to an individual in India and then an additional $140 “processing fee.”

“Needless to say, no money was ever received,” Wray said.

Two Dillon restaurants have also reported phone calls and

e-mails requesting unusually large orders for special occasions. The person making the request offered to add a substantial “tip” to the bill, but they needed the business to forward the “tip” amount up front to a courier via Western Union. Then the credit card payment would reflect that initial “tip.” Reports say the order was to be picked up on a specific date and then driven a distance for the celebration.

Both incidents were caught before funds were exchanged due to the suspicious context of the request and the vigilance of staff.

Anytime someone requests you to add an extra amount to the credit card or sends a check for more than the amount needed, and then requests the extra money back, it’s definitely a scam, Wray said.

If you feel that you’ve been a victim of a scam or you have information about this or other criminal activity, contact the Dillon Police Department at (970) 468-6078.

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

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