Sheriff Issues Scam Warning

Local authorities are reminding area residents to continue to be on the lookout for potential scams.

Recently, someone came to the AM 630 WNEG studios and alerted us to calls she was receiving from people she did not know asking for her personal account information.

She also reported the calls to authorities.

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said he urges people to be alert to the calls they receive and safeguard their personal information.

“We live in desperate times and these may be calls from folks that do not live in the area, so I would caution anyone to never give out any of their personal information, whether it is on your cellphone, your landline telephone, or your computer,” said Shirley.

Shirley said his office is also receiving reports of attempted scams targeting people online.

“We have had recent complaints about some scams on the Internet, where the IRS or FBI were going to give (people) a visit if they did not respond immediately,” said Shirley.

Shirley said a federal agency like that will not contact individuals over the computer in that manner.

Anyone who feels they may have been the victim of a scam should contact their local law enforcement agency.