Platteville police has received a number of reports from local residents who have received scam phone calls and/or mail.
The scams vary and suspects frequently change their tactics to steal money, police said.
To protect yourself from becoming a victim, police recommend:
• Do not give out any personal or financial information to anyone over the phone, Internet or in writing unless you are absolutely certain of who is receiving it.
• Don’t carry more credit cards or identifying information than you will need to use during your trip.
• Keep your financial and identifying documents locked in a secure location at home. Shred them before disposing of them when you no longer need them.
• Use security software on your electronic devices including your phone and tablets.
• Don’t overshare information on social networks. The information put on these websites is not private, even if you have set up the most stringent of privacy settings. Be aware of information not only written but also found in the backgrounds of photos.
• Remove all memory from cellular phones, tablets and computers before disposing of them.
• If you are being pressured into sending money or purchasing a good/service end your conversation. Research the company or person you were dealing with before entering into an agreement.
For more information visit www.consumer.ftc.gov.
Contact law enforcement if you believe you have been the victim of a scam or identity theft.