Sheriff warns of scammers preying on Emanuel County citizens
by Halei Lamb | October 30, 2015 10:21 am
Since the beginning of the week, the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports of citizens being contacted by scammers claiming to be from the Publisher’s Clearing House and requesting that money be wired or brought to them in order to accept a larger cash prize.
In at least one instance, the scammer contacted the potential victim over the telephone and requested that they meet in Wrightsville so that a cash prize could be claimed. Another version is that the potential victim is requested to mail a money order or to wire money to another country. Investigation so far has revealed that some of the return phone numbers and addresses are from Jamaica. The sheriff’s office has also notified the appropriate federal authorities of this activity.
Emanuel County Sheriff J. Tyson Stephens stated that “now, more than ever, we must be extra vigilant in protecting our personal and financial information such as social security numbers, date of birth and credit card numbers in order to prevent scammers and hackers from being able to take advantage of us. This type of information should never be shared with strangers over the phone, as most legit businesses and agencies will not call you to request that information. And above all, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
The sheriff also reminds citizens that the parking lot of the Emanuel County Jail is accessible 24 hours a day and is video monitored for anyone who wants a more secure location when conducting a sale or purchase from strangers via Craigslist or similar online auctions.
If you are approached by someone requesting your personal information or attempting to scam you call 911 immediately if you feel that you or your family are in danger, or call the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office at 478-237-7526 to report the incident.