‘Spoofing’ scam phone calls

Courtesy of Lt. Jay Webb,

Harrison Co. Sheriff’s Office

It’s the time of year where an increase of scam callers oc­curs. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office has received sev­eral calls from citizens regarding the use of a scare tactic to get money sent to an “official government agency”. The caller uses the tactic of “spoofing” to have the recipient of the call believe that the Federal Trade Commission is calling. The call­er will tell the recipient that they must “clear up” a complaint filed against them of a warrant will be issued for their arrest. Then the caller will give instructions on how to get a “Money-pack” or pre-paid credit card and another telephone number to make contact and send the money to the caller.

Like every other scam caller, they rely on scaring someone into giving them money. These callers can find your home ad­dress very easily and will use that tactic against you. While they have some limited information about you, they are not in the United States and therefore, can’t be prosecuted under the United States laws. The best and most effective method to deter them is simply hang up the phone.

Please see the below information that the Federal Trade Commission has put out regarding the scam involving the Commission.

“Scammers are using fake caller ID information to…

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