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Sheriff Whisenant's Tip of the Month

 

 

January 2018

SCAMS

 

 

The elderly are usually the preferred target of scammers, but everyone could be a potential target.  Do not become a victim of scammers. 

 

The easiest way to prevent becoming a victim is to NEVER communicate with someone requesting money, in ANY form, unless you know them.

 

ALWAYS contact your local law enforcement agency, if you have any doubt about the situation.

 

·        Scammers usually conduct business through the use of emails, letters, and telephone.  It is extremely important to always speak IN PERSON with individuals who are asking for money! Legitimate companies and their employees will be willing to provide phone numbers for the company and their supervisor’s name.  Individuals conducting a scam will not provide credentials.

 

·        Suspects will often send fraudulent checks to the victim; asking the victim to sign the check, requesting them to keep a portion of the money and send the remaining money to them.  ANYTIME this is the scenario, IT’S A SCAM!  The old saying, “if it’s too good to be true, it is” is CORRECT.  

 

·        Often, money is requested up front for services.  DO NOT give anyone money up front for a service, UNLESS you have a written contract in hand AND they have provided you with verification of their identity.

 

·        An example of a recent scam: “A loved one is in jail needing bond money”-The suspect in this scam will tell the victim their loved one is in jail and request that money gift cards be sent to an address.  In one particular case, the suspect requested MoneyPak.com cards from CVS Pharmacy.  Sometimes, the scammer requests “Green Dot” cards be sent to a particular person or address.

 

·        An example of a recent scam: “We’re with ______ Utility Company and are here to work on a problem”-The suspect(s) will pose as an employee of a company in an effort to gain access to the victim’s home.

 

·        An example of a recent scam: Someone from the Sheriff’s Office is  calling and requesting you pay money or you will be arrested.  This is a scam.  No law enforcement would ever ask you to settle a legal matter over the phone or by paying money.

 

 

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