Our dispatchers have been receiving many calls regarding phone scams…
As many of you know, we are right in the middle of tax season. This time of year brings one our old foe’s back around; the scam artist. The dispatch center has been receiving several phone calls over the last several days from you, the citizens, asking questions that are mostly related to one type of scam or another.
The two major scams that they have been receiving calls about are the IRS and Publishers Clearing House. Please remember when you receive a phone call from someone wanting to “give you” free money, but you need to send a small fee in for processing or holding or whatever reason they come up with, this is 99.9% of the time a fraud. The best thing you can do is to hang up immediately. The longer you stay on the phone, which is what they want, the better chance they have to win you over as well as get you to send them money.
Most of all, never ever give sensitive information, i.e.; social security number, bank account information or anything else they can use to gain access to your private accounts. If you should receive a call and wonder if it is real or not, ask for a call back number; if they give you a number, most will not, you can search that number on the internet to see if it has been used in a scam before. A couple of useful websites are:http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud or https://www.ftc.gov/ If you would rather, please feel free to contact an officer at the police department and we will assist you. Thank you all and have a pleasant day.