From Sheriff Ric Wilson

Feb. 19, 2014


If you receive a call and you are told that you have won the Canadian lottery, even though you haven’t bought Canadian lottery tickets or been to Canada – well you can’t be a lottery winner – but the caller just won the lottery, they engaged you in a conversation, a chance to get information


Crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. They add new twists to old schemes and pressure people to make important decisions on the spot. They combine sophisticated technology with age-old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information. Smart people fall victim to scams every day.


The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office receives calls daily from citizens who have been victims of various scams on the phone and in person. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS DO NOT COLLECT MONEY OVER THE PHONE.


There are two words that can prevent you from being a victim of scams. NEVER COOPERATE! This is an important piece of advice! If you do not cooperate, there’s 0 chance that you will fall victim to a scam. Cooperating can mean several things: providing information, confirming information, sending money or cooperating in any way. Today’s scams are so sophisticated that even dialing a number on your phone can make you a victim. There’s a scam that involves inmates (in prison or jail) who place calls. They call your number and pretend to be the telephone company, then ask you to dial a combination of numbers. When you cooperate and follow their instructions, your phone bill is automatically charged.


If you do not cooperate, you are safe! Hang Up!