Phone scams, cyber scams, mail scams ... they’re a nuisance and especially menacing during the Holiday season.
Since the beginning of this year, the sheriff’s office has received 150 fraud complaints. During the same time frame (Jan. 1 – Nov. 20) last year, we received 216 fraud complaints.
The decrease in the number of cases reported may be a sign that people are starting to pay attention to fraud alerts routinely issued by the Sheriff’s Office. However, some citizens, especially the elderly, are still falling victim. A good number of the scams specifically target our senior citizens.
To help fight back, Sheriff Anderson is issuing the top 20 scams to strike Madera County in 2014. “Recognize what’s out there, so you don’t become a victim.”
Sheriff Anderson says there is no way to keep the scams from coming. Never let a stranger try to solicit money or personal information from you. Your best defense, is to remain vigilant, and remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it is.
When it comes to fraud and identity theft, he says you can never be too careful. Always review your monthly bank and credit card statements. If you find anything that seems suspicious, contact your financial institution immediately.
Don’t be fooled by look-alike websites. To learn more about how to protect your identity and receive your free annual credit report online, go to www.annualcreditreport.com, or copy and paste the following link in your internet address bar https://www.annualcreditreport.com/protectYourIdentity.action
- Madera County Sheriff’s Department