Stone said that the Sheriff’s Office has recently received complaints from a number of residents about a letter they’ve received.
The letter tells recipients that they’ve qualified to win two round-trip airlines tickets, good for travel anywhere in the continental United States.
Stone said the letter tells the recipients that the sender has attempted to contact them before.
The letter suggests that if the resident doesn’t contact the company soon, the tickets will be given to someone else. The letter tells the recipient that they should call a toll free number to claim their tickets.
The scam aims to capture the caller’s credit card number when the victim is asked to pay a small handling fee during the phone call
“Scams and flim-flam operations come in many forms, especially with the advancements in technology which have occurred in the past 15 years,” Stone said. “Whether it’s announcing you have won a contest you did not enter, or a call from an unfamiliar person or area code, or an unsolicited attempt by an individual to sell you something or perform a nominal fee, always be alert to the possibility that you may be dealing with a scam and if you aren’t careful, you might the next victim.
“The old sayings that nothing in life is free, and if it’s too good to be true then it probably is, are good rules for all of us to follow,” Stone continued. “There are as many ways for scammers to get your money as there are people. Please remind your loved ones and neighbors, especially those who are seniors, to always be wary of this possibility. Encourage them to contact law enforcement about any potential scam before letting go of their hard earned money.”