We’ve gotten a lot of calls into our news room lately about a few scams that appear to be blanketing our area right now.
And we want to make sure you don’t fall victim.
Sheriff’s Offices across our area are posting warnings like this one from Union County saying “The Sheriff’s Office, The IRS or any other Government agency will not contact you by telephone to make threats of arrest or ask for payments of any kind.”
Barbara Ellis called 7News after her husband was conned into sending $3000 to the scammers who threatened to arrest him.
“He did upset my husband very much. He went ahead and gave him some account information, cards, bank cards and our checking account number because the man said that he was a captain and that my husband failed to appear for Jury duty,” said Ellis.
The newest online scam right now according to the Better Business Bureau targets Instagram users.
“A bogus company contacts you on your instagram account wanting you to become a brand ambassador, and you have to pay money though to become one, and they will send you products that are either broken or you won’t get them at all, so in turn we’re finding out this is actually a scam,” said Hope Evans with the BBB.
Today the Oconee county Sheriff’s Office also sent out it’s own warning about a car decal scam. An online ad claims you’ll get paid to advertise on your car, but you’re told to send part of you check to the detail specialist and you learn too late, that check was bogus.
We can’t overlook, the persistent scam calls about bogus government grants you’ve supposedly won… As well as tech support scams where a callers try to gain access to your computer.
“Just because somebody calls you stating that they are from the government or a tech company doesn’t mean that they are who they say they are,” said Evans.
As for Ellis she was able to avoid a major loss by calling the bank to stop the payment.
“I went berserk for a little bit,” she was able to laugh after the fact.
If there is one thing for sure you are likely not the first person to be targeted by a scam… and chances are someone else has written about it online… so if you are ever confused about a phone call or online offer do a Google search and you will likely get your answer.