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Phishing Not Allowed

Apr 10, 2015 01:49PM ● By Lindsay Wolsey
Detective Aaron Rosen has seen many Internet scams while serving on the Bluffdale Police Department over the last seven and a half years.  He was concerned that some of his deaf friends might fall for some of these schemes, and as a former American Sign Language interpreter, he was in a perfect position to do something about it. So, he recently filmed and posted a 45-second video on Internet fraud on his personal Facebook page.

“We had a victim who sent $10,000 to the Nigerian prince [a well-known scam],” Rosen said. “I wanted to let my friends know that you don’t send money. No check transfers, no wiring money. There is no Nigerian prince. No one is stranded on an island.”

“I posted it to a group of 150 people,” Rosen said. “Just my local friend network. A couple of my deaf friends shared it, and the next morning when I got up, it had been viewed by 26,000 people. A week later, it was at 100,000. It tells me the deaf community really does need tips.”

Rosen’s video has been viewed by people throughout the U.S. He has been getting comments from all over the country, including from New Hampshire, Maine and Iowa. He views this as a testament to how small the world really is.

“It shows the impact of a small town in Utah. We can have an impact on the country,” he said.