Cannon County Sheriff’s Investigator Anthony Young is cautioning citizens about two scams targeting local citizens, especially the elderly.
One scam involves a fake postal money order. Investigator Young said the scam artists are contacting people by phone or by e-mail and telling them they have won money.
In order to receive the prize money, the people are being told they need to send money in the form of a postal money order.
Investigator Young said at least one local resident fell victim to this scam when they sent money and received a postal money order in return. When they took the money order to the post office it turned out to be a fake.
“Although the money orders look real, they are not,” Investigator Young said. “They thought they had won $10,000 but wound up losing money.”
The other scam involves callers or e-mailers trying to send people, mostly seniors, a medical insurance card. The callers already have the victim’s name, address and phone number, and then ask them for their bank account number.
Investigator Young said that once the scammers have the victim’s bank account number, than can transfer money out of the victim’s account to theirs.
He said people should hang up or not respond to e-mails if it comes from people they do not know and trust.
“My advice is do not give out any personal or financial information over the phone or by e-mail unless you already have an established relationship with the caller or business,” Investigator Young said.