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The original item was published from 11/30/2016 12:24:41 PM to 1/1/2017 12:00:00 AM.
Posted on: November 30, 2016
[ARCHIVED] TIS THE SEASON FOR SCAMMING – DON’T BECOME A VICTIM!
Scammers are gearing up for the holidays and are working overtime to swindle you out of your hard earned money. They may pose as IRS Agents, Federal Investigators, and other Officials as well as businesses. Scammers have resorted to acting as representatives from companies such as Microsoft and may falsely claim to be from other businesses that you are familiar with in order to make their ruse believable. Don’t fall for it! Ask them to send you the information in writing by mail to the address they have on file. If the caller asks for your address, then it is highly probable that they are not legitimate. If it is a company that you do business with, advise the caller that you will call back and ask for them. You can then look up the number you have on file and call back to confirm the representative is legitimate.
TIPS TO PREVENT BEING SCAMMED:
-Don’t give personal information out unless you know the representative is genuine
-Verify any calls received by advising the representative you will call them back at the number you have on file
-Legitimate companies and government agencies would never ask you to purchase a prepaid debit/gift card.
If you are unsure of the legitimacy of a phone call or letter you received, don’t give them your personal or financial information. Please call the DeFuniak Springs Police at 892-8513 or your local law enforcement agency for help.