Scams Threaten County Residents

POSTED MAY 9, 2019

From the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office

Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes does not want anyone to fall victim to any scam artist. However, it continues to happen way too often. 

The most recent scam reported to the sheriff’s office is where callers will identify themselves as law enforcement and threaten arrest if money is not sent to a destination, usually in the form of a wire transfer or prepaid money cards. 

Last week, this same scam occurred in a nearby county using the Carter County Sheriff’s Office.  Sheriff Rhodes suggests persons who receive a telephone call threatening of an arrest warrant to first verify with the jail, sheriff’s office, court clerk or their local law enforcement to determine if an arrest exists.

“Just when I thought the IRS scam season is coming to an end, another fraud pops up,” Rhodes said.

Rhodes reminds persons to never send money to someone without first verifying where the money is being sent, who the person is and confirming why it is being requested.

“Education and awareness is the best defense against these types of crimes,” he added.

“The scammers are very convincing, persistent and even threatening as in the case of the arrest warrant scam. 

Telephone calls promising money or threatening arrest should automatically raise red flags.”

The Garvin County Sheriff’s Office offers the following tips to prevent becoming a scam victim:

• Don’t believe promises of easy money. If someone claims that you can earn money with little or no work, have won a large amount of money or make money on an investment with little or no risk, it’s probably a scam.

Oftentimes, offers that seem too good to be true, actually are too good to be true. 

Never send money on the promise you will receive a large sum of money in return.

• Resist pressure. Legitimate companies will be happy to give you time to make a decision.

It’s probably a scam if they demand that you act immediately or won’t take “No” for an answer.

Scammers may also demand you pay or serious consequences may occur, always take time to verify who is requesting you send money.

• Be cautious about unsolicited emails. They are often fraudulent. If you do not know the company or was not expecting to be contacted by email, the best approach may simply be to delete the email.

• Know whom you’re dealing with. In any transaction you conduct, make sure to check to see if the seller, charity, company or organization is credible.

Be especially wary if the entity is unfamiliar to you. Always call the number found on a website’s contact information to make sure the number legitimately belongs to the entity you are dealing with.

• Don’t believe everything you hear or see. Scammers will mimic official seals and logos.

Just because a website, caller ID, or an email looks official does not mean it is. Scammers use legitimate names to convince the intended target to follow through with the scam.  Phone numbers and Caller ID can be faked.

To report a scam call the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office at 405-238-7591 or your local police department.