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Sylacauga Police Department warns of surge in fraudulent online transactions


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Sylacauga Police Department is sounding the alarm on a troubling uptick in fraudulent transactions within the community, particularly targeting online and social media sellers.

Law enforcement officials have observed a surge in scams involving counterfeit currency, with perpetrators deceiving unsuspecting sellers during transactions, often for high-value items like jewelry, electronics, and vehicles.

Those using the underhanded tactics typically present counterfeit bills hidden within envelopes or packages, appearing authentic at first glance.

Once perpetrators obtain the merchandise, they swiftly disappear, leaving the seller at a significant loss.

Authorities are urging residents and businesses to exercise caution and diligence when engaging in transactions, especially online. They are advising the thorough inspection of cash received and are encouraging businesses to educate their staffs on identifying counterfeit currency.

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