New Scams in costa rica
This is a new scam alert for Costa Rica. The scammers are calling ex-pats posing as workers from the Embassy. This scam alert for Costa Rica has been documented by the U.S. Embassy. The scammers start the conversation with the assertion that the Embassy is updating its records on American citizens in Costa Rica. The scammers then ask for personal information to verify and update the records.
We are here to assist you in understanding the threat and to lend assistance to those who may have been victimized. As the leading private investigator in Costa Rica, we try and keep you abreast of recent scams.
According to the U.S. Embassy here, they do not call anyone to ask for this type of information. According to the Embassy, “ The United States Embassy reminds American citizens that Embassy staff will not initiate calls to U.S. citizens offering assistance with host government legislation and regulations. “
ACTIONS TO TAKE:
- Do not provide personally sensitive information such as social security numbers or bank account information to callers purporting to work for the U.S. Embassy.
- If you receive a call, file a complaint report at your local OIJ office.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy at 2519-2059 and ask to speak to a Citizen Services Specialist if you have additional questions or concerns.
- Review information regarding financial scams targeting American citizens at home and abroad at Travel.State.Gov. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/emergencies/international-financial-scams.html
Another case recently centered around the purchase of a car that was posted on Facebook. The buyer identified himself as an American living in Guanacaste and sent the seller a copy of his passport. Unbeknownst to the buyer, when the seller saw the name she recognized it from her friends list on her Facebook account. She sent him an instant message telling him she didn’t realize it was him who wanted to buy the car. He told her he had not inquired about a car and in fact was in southeast Asia.