SCAM ALERT – PHISHING SCAM TARGETING LOCAL CITIZENS

PLEASE SHARE – LOCAL SCAM ALERT

Unfortunately, during times of crisis, phishing scams tend to rise as scammers attempt to prey on unsuspecting victims.

It has come to our attention that some of our citizens have been receiving FAKE emails from someone posing as our mayor, Stephen Santellana, asking them to purchase gift cards to be given out as surprise gifts to dedicated staff.

The scammer goes on to instruct the recipient to go to Best Buy or CVS to purchase 5 gift cards in the amount of $100 each ($500 in total) from either Wal-Mart or EBAY and then send them pictures of the cards once they are purchased.

PLEASE DO NOT FALL FOR THIS SCAM! THESE EMAILS ARE NOT FROM OUR MAYOR!

Be very cautious if you receive one of these emails or ones similar to it. These types of emails are always scams. Most of them are written using poor grammar containing multiple misspellings. Do not open them, reply to them, or click on any links contained within them.

If you feel that you have been a victim of this scam, please contact us at 940-761-7792. You can also report it to the Federal Trade Commission at

https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/

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