Scammers target college student and job hunter in Clarksville

Consumer Alerts & Scams

Clarksville police are warning people to protect their personal information and cash. Three people were ripped off in 3 separate scams.

The first scam targeted a teenager who thought he was getting a government grant to help pay for school. The victim was told to send $1,400 worth of Apple iTunes gift card. By the time he realized he’d been scammed it was too late. 

The second warning is aimed at job seekers. A woman put her resume on and was soon contacted by someone claiming to be from a title company.  That person mailed the woman a check for $2,900. She was told to cash it and buy iTunes and Amazon gift cards.  She lost more than $3,000.

The last scammer got away with personal information.  Police say the woman got a call she was going to be sued. When she asked if it was a scam, the caller convinced her it was legitimate. She gave the caller her personal information before realizing her mistake and hanging up. 

Police have this advice: 

  • Be suspicious if someone contacts you with a deal that requires you to pay before you get anything in return
  • Never give your personal information to someone who calls you.
  • If you’re suspicious of a caller, hang up and call the company or agency directly to verify the caller’s identity.     

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