Biggest white collar crime risks in Alaska? APD,FBI say phone, mail & internet fraud

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU)- At the latest meeting of the Municipality of Anchorage's Public Safety Committee, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and detectives with the Anchorage Police Department fielded questions regarding white-collar crimes within the municipality.

The bulk of the questions came from assembly member Fred Dyson, who asked if there were any examples of embezzlement or high profile fraud cases regularly occurring. The agents on the receiving end of the query responded that the biggest issues Anchorage faces with white-collar crime are fraud cases that begin either on the phone, over the internet, or at the mailbox. APD Detective Tiffani Loughman also commented that in most cases, the victim knows the person who commits the fraudulent activity.

Jeffery Peterson is the special agent in charge of the FBI office in Anchorage. He warns possible victims to protect their personal information at all costs, to prevent scammers from successfully targeting their assets.

"The United States Government will not call and ask you for money, ever ... I don't think the municipality will either," he said. "We will not turn off your social security number, That's a phone call that's been going around nationally lately. Those are scams."

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