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March 13, 2018 > Police warn of ?Brushing Scam?

Police warn of ?Brushing Scam?

Submitted By Captain Chomnan Loth, Newark PD

Beware of random packages left at your door. That the word from Newark Police Department officials.

In what is being called as ?Brushing,? third-party retailers are buying their own products -- using victims? names and addresses to appear as independent customers -- to leave a glowing five-star review of their product online.

While it may seem harmless to receive random packages, some online retailers are using your personal information to review their products. What?s more concerning is that it might not be brushing; you could potentially be a victim of account takeover. This is where hackers use information exposed in a data breach to hack your account

What can be done? Police advise citizens that any time they receive something that is not theirs, contact the entity directly to identify where the order originated. That could help catch fraud in the act. They also advise citizens to always be sure to visit only trusted websites when shopping online.

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