The Bay County Sheriff’s Office issued a Scam Alert today, September 8, 2016, after receiving complaints from residents of Bay County that they are being called by someone claiming to represent a business or government agency but are really scammers.
Victims state they got a phone call and that the appropriate business or government agency’s name appears in their caller ID. The caller then claims the victim has won a foreign lottery or a state or federal grant, but to receive their cash the victim must pay fees or taxes first. The victim is instructed to purchase prepaid cards at a store and relay the PIN or account number to the scammer.
The BCSO urges residents not to fall prey to these scammers. It is not difficult for scammers to make a faked number appear on your caller ID. And never give an account or PIN number from a prepaid card to anyone over the phone. Scammers love to use these prepaid cards because they are difficult to trace, no photo ID is required to collect or spend the money, and the cash value can almost instantly be removed. All this makes it very difficult for law enforcement to find the scammer.
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