‘Tis the season to be jolly for Coweta residents – and criminals.
Scam artists will use all the tricks in the book to catch people off guard, from penalizing people for allegedly missing jury duty to posing as a law enforcement association collecting money for a good cause.
Sgt. Mark Callahan with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office said if a situation seems too good to be true, or wrong, it probably is.
“The vast majority of this community live, work and worship in Coweta County. Most people don’t think the way these criminals do ... so our biggest weapon against these types of scams is awareness,” Callahan said. “We can still love our fellow man and still be aware of those few that want to steal from us.
“During this time of year there are so many good things to experience, but we must remember there is always a Grinch or two out there,” he added.
According to Callahan, here are some tips that could protect you from becoming a victim of a scam:
- If a you receive a suspicious phone call, do not provide any credit card or personal information.
- If you have any questions as to who is calling you, ask the caller for their name, return phone number and the name of their organization. Verify their credentials and only call back if the information checks out.
- If the caller wants you to purchase gift cards and give them the numbers over the phone it is a scam. Hang up the phone.
- If you receive a call from someone and they are constantly pressuring you to do something, it is most likely a scam.
- Call the police department or sheriff’s office if you have any questions.