Winfield residents recently have been targeted by two scams new to the area.

As with all scams, it is not necessary to file a police report unless the suspected scammer was provided with personally identifiable information, financial account information, or if a financial loss was suffered.

The first scam involves a phone call from someone claiming to be from a telephone and satellite TV provider offering deeply discounted services. The scammers claim people can get a great deal only if they pay for several months ahead of time using eBay gift cards.

It is best to hang up without providing any personally identifiable information if a call such as that is received.

The second scam involves an email from a subject claiming to be a hitman. Written in very broken English, the email solicits the recipient to send the scammer several thousand dollars to spare his or her life.

Again, it is recommend to not engage scammers and not to provide any personally identifiable information.

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