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For Immediate Release                                                                             November 18, 2013 



Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:


            Sheriff Jimmy Harris wants to remind everyone that it is that time of year for scams. If it sounds to good to be true, it is!

            A telephone scam is underway in our area where someone will receive a telephone call on their cell phone from a person claiming to be from Verizon Wireless. The number that is showing up on caller ID is 800-600-6358 but that number could change. The caller will tell you that you have earned a credit applied the caller will ask for you account information. Once you give them your account information, Sheriff Harris says that they can then take control of your account. They may add other devices to or charge other services on your account without your knowledge which could add several hundreds of dollars to your bill.

            A computer scam is also showing up in our area. While surfing the internet a notice will pop up that appears to be from the FBI. The pop up states that you have been on pornographic sites on the internet and if you pay them $300.00 all of the traces of you activity on these type sites will be deleted from your computer. Sheriff Harris says that the notice is not from the FBI and the “scammers” just want the information from your credit card when you pay the $300.00.

            Sheriff Harris says “Please protect your personal information and all of your account information and don’t give it to others unless you are 100% sure who you are dealing with. If you have any questions about a call or internet notice being legitimate, please contact my office and we will be happy to check it out for you.”

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