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Posted on: January 11, 2017

Homestead Public Services Warns of Potential Check Cashing Fraud (English & Spanish)

The City of Homestead would like to alert its residents about a scam that has been reported by individuals across the United States.  Several people have received checks purported to be refunds from Homestead Public Services (HPS).  If you are not a customer of HPS or have not received a notice that you will be receiving a refund, do not attempt to cash such a check.

Like most check scams, the perpetrators of this scam are usually asking for a small fee in return for you to cash a check that you will get to keep.  Once the forgery is discovered, your money and the person you “helped” is long gone.  It may also be the case that scammers are able to retrieve personal information from you when attempting to cash these fraudulent checks.

If you believe you may be a victim of this scam, please contact the Mail Police at 1 (877) 876-2455 or 1 (800) 275-8777 and Homestead Customer Service at (305) 224-4800. We urge all our customers to never provide their personal information to strangers.

You may also contact the authorities listed below:

• Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs: 1-800-HELP-FLA

• Financial Crimes Enforcement Network: 1-800-767-2825

• Federal Trade Commission: 1-877-FTC-HELP

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La Ciudad de Homestead advierte a todos sus residentes de una estafa reportada por individuos en los Estados Unidos.  Varias personas han recibido cheques supuestamente reembolsados ??por Homestead Public Services (HPS).  Si usted no es un cliente de HPS ó no ha recibido un aviso de que recibirá un reembolso, no intente cobrar tal cheque.

Al igual que la mayoría de las estafas de cheque, los autores de esta estafa suelen pedir un pequeño pago a cambio de que usted en efectivo un cheque que usted conseguirá mantener. Una vez que se descubre la falsificación, su dinero y la persona que "ayudó" se ha ido. También puede ser el caso de que los estafadores son capaces de recuperar la información personal de usted al intentar cobrar estos cheques fraudulentos.

Si cree que puede ser víctima de esta estafa, póngase en contacto con la policía del correo al 1 (877) 876-2455 ó 1 (800) 275-8777 y el Servicio al Cliente de Homestead al (305) 224-4800. Rogamos a nuestro usuarios no den ningún tipo de información personal a desconocidos.

Si usted cree haber sido víctima de ésta o cualquier otra estafa, puede contactar a las siguientes autoridades:

• Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs: 1-800-HELP-FLA

• Financial Crimes Enforcement Network: 1-800-767-2825

• Federal Trade Commission: 1-877-FTC-HELP

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