Sheriff warns of scams

By Russell Hood The Webster Progress-Times

Sheriff Tim Mitchell is warning Webster County residents to beware of various scams that have been circulating. These include a scam in which someone calls person and says he or she has won a gift card or other prize from Walmart, and tells the intended victim to wire money in as a processing fee. Other scams involve Social Security. In a common ploy, identity thieves pose as Social Security Administration employees who ask for personal data who say they are making sure files are accurate. This information can be used to steal a person’s identity and money. People should also be aware of lottery scams. In one, a person may receive a call — usually from a foreign country— telling them about a way to select winning lottery numbers, and that they need to call a toll-free number to find out more. There is no need to call that number because “all the con criminal has is a winning way to take your money,” according to one website. “If you do give them money, there’s nothing we can do about it because they’re overseas,” Mitchell said. “If someone calls and says you won some money, make them send you something in writing.”