Citizens: Please be aware of a recent uptick in telephone scams. There are various telephone scams that unsavory characters are facilitating throughout the area. Some of these scams include:
1. You receive a call stating they are the IRS and your owe back taxes. The IRS will NEVER call you! They communicate via the US MAIL.
2. You receive a call and are told that a loved one has been arrested/ was in an accident/ or is being held for ransom and they need you to make payment over the telephone. This is a scam and you should disconnect the call. The police do not request any type of payment over the telephone.
3. You receive a call and are told that you have active warrants and you need to make a payment over the telephone. This is a scam and you should disconnect the call.
Two more recent scams are:
A "Microsoft IT Support Representative" will contact you and state there was "an accidental withdrawal" from the your account for a Microsoft Subscription. Due to the withdrawal the scammer proceeds to ask you for account / financial information, in order to reimburse you. DO NOT FALL PREY TO THESE LIES!! There was no accidental withdrawal. The scammer is looking for your financial information in order to access your account and then steal from you!!
Another like scam: A person calls and states they are from a company called "EDU". The scammer will state there is an issue with your computer and ultimately take control of your compute to gain access to your stored financial information contained within.
If you feel a call is a scam, merely hang up. DO NOT GIVE FINANCIAL INFORMATION OUT OVER THE TELEPHONE!
ALSO NOTE: If someone is asking you to purchase some type of prepaid credit card and then call them back with the numbers contained on the card, THIS IS MOST LIKELY A SCAM!!
PLEASE SAFEGUARD YOURSELF!!!