It’s 2022 and the year promises new beginnings, but unfortunately, criminals are still preying on people— dreaming up frightful stories to lure victims into sending money or sharing personal financial information.
It’s time to be very suspicious, when someone unknown to you calls, e-mails, or texts you to report a problem with your accounts.
Recently, an eastside resident called the Volusia Sheriff’s Office to tell us she was contacted by someone claiming to be an Amazon security representative. The male caller told our victim that she had ordered items to be delivered in New York and the victim stated she had not ordered the items.
The caller assured our victim he could help her clear the fraudulent transactions by helping her download an app to her phone using her information. The victim didn’t confirm with her bank that the fraudulent transactions had actually occurred and instead installed the app as the caller instructed.
She checked her bank balance and discovered several withdrawals had been made from her account, totaling nearly $3,000. Our detectives are actively investigating this case.
It’s so important to educate yourself about the ways bad guys can scam you online. The Sheriff’s Office receives calls regularly from people—of all ages—reporting they fell victim to identity theft or other schemes.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has tremendous resources to help guide fraud victims and help you prevent becoming a victim in the first place. Go online to https:// myfloridalegal.com or call 1.866.9NO-SCAM (1.866.966.7226).
This site has information about all kinds of scams and consumer alerts to help empower you.
Signs Of Scams: Beware if you receive:
TIPS: Here are some ways you can protect your finances:
If you believe you’re a victim of fraud or identity theft, we’re here to help. Call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number, 386.248.1777, or 911 in an emergency.
Please help us help you stay safe by being cautious and smart when you receive unwanted calls, e-mails, or texts. Just hang up! If you’re unsure, talk with someone you trust before giving any personal information.
Let’s all take care of each other
and have a blessed 2022,
Sheriff Mike Chitwood