Everyday thousand of Americans are bombarded with false calls, emails, texts, and through mail with scams. Many of these scams target the elderly and low-income individuals and families, with the promise of more money, the threat of arrest, or the chance to invest.
Long County Sheriff's Office receives approximately 200 reports a year on scams, identity fraud, and other schemes. There are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your cash, from these modern day thieves.
- Never give your personal information. (Social, Date of Birth, Address, Banking information, or Credit Card Number)
- Keep records of these calls coming in.
- Pull a credit report every year, check to make sure all the reports to the credit bureau's are accurate.
- If you feel your identity is stolen or that your financial information is compromised, make a report to your local law enforcement where you reside.
- Report the scam to the Federal Trade Commission either by phone 1-877-382-4357 or on their website: www.ftc.gov/complaint.