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Auburn police warn of uptick in scam activity around city: Here’s what to watch for

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The Auburn Police Department has alerted the community to be cautious of a surge in scams targeting local residents. In a news release on Wednesday, the department highlighted an uptick in common scams involving phone calls tricking victims into handing over large sums of cash, gift cards, and even precious metals like gold.

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Scammers often pose as government agencies or claim that a family member needs bail money. Victims are instructed to transfer money or items through phone, mail, or couriers, who are usually unaware of the scam. These fraudulent activities frequently result in the victim’s money ending up overseas, making recovery impossible.

With the arrival of warmer weather, police also expect an increase in seasonal scams, such as driveway paving cons. The department urges family members to educate elderly relatives, who are often targeted, and to contact the non-emergency line at (315) 253-3231 if they suspect a scam.