The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports of scammers targeting citizens with calls seeking money. Our investigators have compiled a list of some of the most common scams occurring within the county (see image below).
Here are some things you can do to ensure your safety and security when you receive a suspicious phone call:
-If it seems suspicious or out of place, it probably is. HANG UP!
-ONLY answer calls from numbers you know.
-NEVER give out personal or financial information over the phone.
-Ask questions only a true family member would know the answer to.
-Call your family member back on the number you know to actually be theirs to verify that they were the one you spoke to.
-The same concept of safety applies to email; NEVER click on a link in a suspicious email. Always look at the senders address.
Remember to never give out personal or financial information over the phone and that a government organization will NEVER ask for your credit card or other financial information over the phone. Always report suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately.
You can report the call to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and sign up for the National Do Not Call List Registry by visiting: www.donotcall.gov.
If you lose money in a scam or receive threats of violence, please report it to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office by calling 829-894-3001.