Facebook Scam

By: News Release
Feb 4th, 2019

On Saturday, February 2nd, the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an attempted scam on Facebook. The complainant advised they received a Facebook message from a relative regarding a large cash award they allegedly won. A follow-up call to that relative revealed the message as a financial scam. The complainant is not out any money.

Just a friendly reminder to be cautious of any phone calls, emails, or Facebook messages that involve large amounts of money that can be claimed for a small fee to cover “taxes” or “processing fees.”  Generally, taxes will be taken out automatically from the prize awarded, or they will be assessed later. Legitimate prize awards will not ask you to pay up front to release those funds.