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Delgaudio and Chapman Worried about Recent Scams Utilizing Disposable Email Addresses

August 11, 2015

Delgaudio and Chapman Worried about Recent Scams Utilizing Disposable Email Addresses

"Elderly Sterling residents are a tough bunch but some criminals use deception to take advantage of law abiding citizens which is really underhanded," says Eugene Delgaudio, Sterling Supervisor.


The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is advising residents of recent reports of scams where the suspects are utilizing various disposable email services.

Disposable email services allow a user to create a temporary one-time-use disposable email address. Recently the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office has received several reports of victims receiving emails from suspects utilizing the temporary accounts and attempting to scam the recipients out of money. In most cases the recipients of these emails have been attempting to sell items online and receive a check by mail from the suspects made out to an amount larger than the purchase or asking price. The suspect then asks the victim to wire the extra monies to an account. The victim learns several days later they have been scammed after the suspect's check they deposited into their bank account returns as being fraudulent.

In light of these recent cases, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office reminds residents to:

" Never open an email if you do not recognize the senders name or domain of the email address

" Never open attachments or links in an email unless you are sure the sender is trustworthy

" Make sure the sender is really the one whose name appears as "From" by checking the email name and domain

Some of the disposable email domain names include dispostable, getairmail, 10minutemail, guerrillamail, mailinator and 33mail.

If you are a resident of Loudoun County and believe you were a victim of this scam or of a similar scam, please contact the Loudoun County Sheriff's at 703-777-1021 or file a report online at http://sheriff.loudoun.gov/reportonline. Scams are occurring with great frequency and take various forms. Residents can also find information on a variety of consumer scams at http://www.lookstoogoodtobetrue.com/, a website developed and maintained by a joint federal law enforcement and industry task force.

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