Sheriff warns of phone scam

By: 
Paul Garrod - news4garrod@vineyardpress.biz

    PAW PAW - A recent phone scam caught  the attention of the Van Buren County  Sheriff’s  Office  because  the scammer or scammers were using the sheriff’s office name in the scam, according to Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott.
    The phone scam was reported Friday, Oct. 18, according to Abbott. “They were  asking for donations to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office for an upcoming oldies music event.  A potential victim contacted me personally about it, and gave me the number it was called from.  It was a number in which no one would answer when I tried calling it, and it’s an obvious spoofing.  Just as a reminder, always double check if you feel it’s a scam,” said Abbott.
    Abbott provided some tips for county residents to help them avoid falling victim  to the phone scam:
    •Register your phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry. You may register online or by calling 1-888-382-1222.  If you still receive telemarketing calls after registering, there’s a good chance that the calls are scams;
    •Be wary of callers claiming that you’ve won a prize or vacation package;
    •Hang up on suspicious phone calls;
    •Be cautious of caller ID.  Scammers can change the phone number that shows up on your caller ID screen. This is called “Spoofing”;
    •Independently research business opportunities, charities, or travel packages being offered by the caller;
    •Remember don’t ever give in to pressure to take immediate action;
    •Don’t say anything if the caller starts the call by asking, “Can your hear me?”  This is a common tactic for scammers to record you saying “yes.”  Scammers record your “yes” response and use it as proof that you agreed to purchase or credit card charge;
    •Don’t provide your credit card number, bank account information, or other personal information to the caller;
    •Don’t send money if a caller tells you to wire money or pay with a prepaid debit card.
     “Again, there is a scam currently going on today and they are using our office name in it,” said Abbott.
 

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