The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) wants to warn residents about an on-going scam. Residents have been receiving fraudulent telephone calls from people asking for bank account numbers and other information that can be used to steal their identities.
A recent call came from a man with a foreign accent claiming to be from Washington, D.C. The man said he needed bank account numbers so he could send a “senior medical discount” card to the resident. This man also knew the name of the resident’s bank.
Fortunately, the resident recognized this call as a “scam” and did not give any personal information to the caller.
DCSO knows from experience that the criminals who operate these “scams” don’t just call one person. Other people have received and will be receiving these types of fraudulent telephone calls. DCSO wants to take this opportunity to remind you to:
- Remain alert for fraudulent phone calls, e-mail messages and regular mail
- Never give personal identification information to someone you don’t know unless you initiate the contact with that person (at your doctor’s office for example)
- One exception would be if you are contacted by a police officer driving a marked patrol car and wearing a legitimate police uniform
- If you are not sure about the person asking for your personal information, try to independently verify who that person is and whether or not they have a legitimate need for your personal information
- When in doubt, don’t give the information – hang up the phone