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Financial Scams Hitting Upstate

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The Oconee County Sheriff's office wants citizens to be aware of two financial scams. One offering a bogus loan and tricking victims out of money, the other is asking you to send personal information to someone pretending to be with your bank. The Oconee County Sheriff's office wants citizens to be aware of two financial scams. One offering a bogus loan and tricking victims out of money, the other is asking you to send personal information to someone pretending to be with your bank.
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The Oconee County Sheriff's office wants citizens to be aware of two financial scams.

One scam involves a company called Cash Net USA. The company contacts victims with a loan officer, then asks victim to send up front money and never follows through on the loan. 

The second scam involves an email that looks official. In the email the sender claims to be with the victim's bank saying they've lost some of victim's personal information. The email contains a form to be completed and emailed back.     

It's important to know that most banks do not ask for that information over email.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has several safety tips for trying to help keep your information safe online.  There following steps may prove helpful:

  • Check your financial records on a regular basis.  Investigate and report fraudulent activity.
  • Lock up your financial records in a safe place at home, as well as your wallet or purse when you are away from home.
  • Limit what you carry when you leave home, taking only those i.d.’s and credit or debit cards you need.  Leave your social security card at home in case it is needed.
  • Shred receipts, credit card offers, and any document that contains your personal information.
  • Promptly remove mail from your mailbox and take outgoing mail to the post office.
  • Don’t give out personal information over the phone, through the mail, or over the internet unless you have initiated the contact or know who you are dealing with.
  • If you are contacted by e-mail from a company that claims to have an account with you, do not click on e-mail links or reply to the e-mail.  First, contact the company’s customer service department to see if they sent you the communication.
  • When you dispose of a computer or a tablet, get rid of all personal information it stores.
  • Before you dispose of a mobile device, (such as a smartphone or i-pod), check the devices documentation to see how you delete your information permanently.
  • Make sure that the “lock” icon appears on your web browser when you conduct online transactions.
  • Keep passwords strong and private.
  • Don’t share personal information on social networking sites. 
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