Siskiyou County Sheriff Warns of Phone Scam

Over the past week the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) has received multiple reports of a fraudulent phone scam circulating in the local Siskiyou County area. Sergeant Behr Tharsing stated, “The way the scam works is that you will receive a phone message stating, ‘This is your last chance to get your financial stimulus, call 1-800-847-2911.’ When you call the number, people say they are representing a VISA credit card company and your card number is requested.

“The SCSO has also received reports from citizens stating that they have received phone calls from ATM/debit companies or Bank of America requesting account numbers to re-open an account which has been inadvertently inactivated.”

Sheriff Lopey said, “I would like to take this opportunity to remind the public that accepting phone charges, or providing personal identification information, credit card or phone card numbers over the phone can result in you incurring hundreds or thousands of dollars in phone call charges or worse. The perpetrator of these phone scams, through existing technology, can use your card number to make free phone calls or exploit your personal information to fraudulently acquire your money, products, other services or loans in your name. If ever in doubt about a caller’s affiliation with any organization, contact your local police department or sheriff’s office for assistance. Generally, no donations should be made over the phone to organizations, nor should you ever ‘pay’ to claim a prize or federal entitlement. Again, if in doubt, please contact your local law enforcement agency.”

Reports of phone scams or questions should be directed to Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at (530) 841-2900.

-from press release

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2 Responses

  1. Avatar MireilleZ says:

    Oh yes, the old "Economic stimulus" scam. Sadly, there are tons of telephone scams still going around. It is interesting that Apple just released an iPhone app called Scam Detector, which exposes 350 or so of the most popular scams in the world. Lots of them are telephone scams. It is worth checking it out, if you have an iPhone. There is their info: Kinda cool, actually.

  2. Avatar Jeff Gore says:

    The Crescent City Police Department is also issuing a warning about phone scams:

    Once again the unsolicited “Sweepstakes” telephone calls are rolling in. As a reminder from the Crescent City Police Department citizens are receiving telephone calls from individuals who notify the consumer that they have won a sweepstakes. The consumer is then instructed to purchase a prepaid credit card to cover “taxes” or “fees” associated with collecting their cash prize. This particular scam is called the “Green Dot Sweepstakes Scam.” The caller will ask you to purchase three $1,000 Green Dot Money Pak credit cards in order to collect your sweepstakes prize.

    Bogus sweepstakes and lottery offers are among the most common types of scams, so do not fall for them. These operations are often ran by con artist and criminals located outside the United States which almost makes your law enforcement agencies ineffective. As in previous scam notices please keep in mind:

    * Never pay to play in a sweepstakes

    * Never pay money to claim a prize

    * Do not give out your prepaid credit card number to someone you don’t know

    * Participating in a foreign lottery is illegal and such lotteries often have close ties to organized crime.

    * Beware of fake organizations that go by names similar to more widely-known groups in order to confuse or trick you.

    * Beware of requests for information about your income, credit cards, bank accounts as a condition of participating in a sweepstakes or lottery.

    * Do not participate in sweepstakes or respond to advertisements that resemble a check, bill or invoice

    * Destroy fake sweepstakes or lottery offers by shredding or deleting them.

    Therefore, Chief Plack asks for residents to be very suspicious when contacted either by e-mail, letters, or telephoned by persons requesting personal pertinent information.

    Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! If you receive any correspondence similar to this notify your local authorities.