Avoid Scams & Fraud

Largo Police want to help you and your loved ones stay safe and avoid the risk of potential scams. Here are some examples to spot scammers on the phone, in emails and more.

RESHIPPING JOBS
If you are solicited or apply for a reshipping job, do not answer or give any personal information out.

RENTING A HOME
Meet someone in-person before signing to rent a home or duplex. Be wary of communications only by text or email. If excuses are given to meet in-person, do your research on the property, and be on alert for a potential scammer.

PAYMENTS
Do not pay anything using gift cards, Bitcoin or any cryptocurrency as the only forms of payment accepted. Scammers use this tactic when someone "overpays" for an item or service, then requests the money back.

SUSPICIOUS CALLS, EMAILS & TEXTS
If you receive a call, text, or email claiming money is owed to the government, a company or a local/federal law enforcement agency, hang up or delete the email. Be sure to look it up via internet search, and call the listed number to verify.

Contact family members if you receive a suspicious call from them asking for money. Do not send money to people you do not know.

MORE TIPS
  • Do not give personal information to individuals/companies you are unsure are legit.
  • Do not open unexpected emails that look like they're coming from the government or click on any attachments/links.
  • Do not engage with scammers via phone, text, or email.
  • Never allow access to your computer for remote access to install software. This often leads to anti-virus scams.
HAVE QUESTIONS?
Largo Police is happy to help determine if something is a scam. Be wise. Be safe. Be sure.
727-587-6730 | LARGO.COM/POLICE