Steven Towns, Sheriff of Williams County, says again and again the Williams County Sheriff’s Office receives calls reporting that someone has either been a victim of, or has been targeted by, scammers.
The Sheriff says scams come in all forms and use many different methods to contact you.
If you have to pay to collect your prize it is a scam. If you receive a call to send money to a relative needing funds by wire or money order you should call other relatives to verify that the person claiming to need funds is who and where they say they are.
Also, the Sheriff reminds everyone that law enforcement agencies do not send you a notice via email of your impending arrest if you do not pay a fine.
If you are contacted to post bond for a relative or friend first contact the law enforcement agency or court that is purported to be holding your relative or friend. Do not offer to post the bond money over the telephone
Unless you initiated the call do not offer your credit card information to anyone on the telephone. Do not pay for unsolicited work that may be claimed to have been performed on your home or property. Be cautious of notices you receive online claiming that your computer needs immediate repair.
Many scams involve the use of a trusted shipping company name such as FedEx, UPS or USPS. You may receive an email from a shipper telling you that you have an undelivered package. Contact the shipping company by telephone. Do not answer the email and do not send funds to obtain the package until you
have checked with the shipper directly. Do not give out the tracking number for a package or letter to anyone other than a representative of a trusted delivery service.