Sheriff Patrick Ray: Scammers on the Prowl Again

May 31, 2011
Dwayne Page
Patrick Ray

Scammers are on the prowl again in search of victims. Sheriff Patrick Ray is issuing a warning to beware.

"I have had several phone calls within the last month about scams throughout the county. Some of these scams consist of people calling and claiming to be credit card companies wanting to give the consumer a cheaper interest rate. What they do is try to get personal information from the person who they've called. Those (would be victims) who have called me have said they have not provided the callers any kind of information. In many cases the callers become hostile, if they don't get cooperation from the persons being called (would be victims). Sometimes they will given cuss them out and try to threaten them to provide the information. I just want to tell anybody who has received those phone calls that if this should happen again please don't provide any information. Tell the caller not to phone you again and to remove you from their call list. Then hang up. Don't give them any personal information such as your date of birth, social security number, check writing number, credit card number, or anything like that. This time of year is when we see a lot of scams from people who are trying to get money from innocent people, especially the elderly. Sometimes they (scammers) will call and say they are giving a senior discount if you will subscribe to their credit card or loan," said Sheriff Ray

"We also have some people who are receiving lottery information through the mail. The mailing claims the recipient (would be victim) has won so much money through a lottery. The recipient (would be victim) is instructed to cash a check (they have received) in their bank and then to wire back cash money. Those checks are no good. Those checks are mainly out of Canada and other countries. Don't try to cash those checks. If you get such a check, rip it up and dispose of it but don't cash it because it is a fake," said Sheriff Ray.

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