Scammers continue to prey on residents
Area residents are reporting a variety of scam telephone calls, and the St. Mary Sheriff’s Department issued a reminder to never give personal information over the telephone to an unknown caller.
Two new versions of the scam include “a foreigner telling me that Windows users all over the USA were in danger of having their computers crash. The caller wanted me to allow him remote access to my computer,” reports Jeanne McCloy.
Another scam is the caller informing the recipient that his or her medication has been filled, but credit card information is needed to process the order.
Scams come in all shapes and sizes but do have a common theme. The scammer wants money. Whether the scammer claims you have won a lottery, wants to buy something you listed for sale for more money than the selling price or offers a job opportunity, remember if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is too good to be true.
If you suspect that a scammer is targeting you, contact your local law enforcement agency.
The sheriff’s department may be reached at 384-1622 or 337-828-1960.
In addition to alerting the local authorities, scams may also be reported online at www.ic3.gov. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center, funded in part by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
The site also provides information and tips for the public on how scams work and how to avoid them.