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THE COACHELLA VALLEY-- Police say they're seeing more and more financial scams in the Coachella Valley. The most popular scam is skimming, but phone and mail scams aren't far behind.
But polics say there are ways you can protect yourself. Police say to never give your social security card, credit card or identifying information out over the phone or through email, look out for "get rich fast" schemes, never allow strangers inside your home, and ask for references and a phone number when you get suspicious calls.
One Palm Desert couple, who was scammed just yesterday, shared their story with KMIR6 News.
"They called and asked for Ruth Wilson and I say yes and they say this is Publishers Clearing House and we're calling because you won $2.5 million dollars," says Wilson.
"99% of the times, it's too good to be true and I would ignore that phone call," says Sgt. Tom Brewster of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
If you suspect you've been a vicitm of a scam, the best thing to do is call the police to report it. f you don't, they say the con artists will keep getting away with it.