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Sheriff's office says be alert for scams

Sunday, January 18, 2004

BLOOMFIELD - Stoddard County Chief Deputy Rick Cook has announced two possible scams being operated in the area.

"The first concerns a male and female going to local churches and asking for money, food and travel purposes," Cook said. "It is believed the same two people have been to several churches and may be taking advantage of the good will of the churches contact." He said area churches want to remind people that their doors will always be open to provide help to those who are truly in need.

"The second one involves someone pretending to be from the Consumer Protection Center," he noted. "They tell the person being called that they have been flagged on the computer database as being a victim of fraud and want the person being called to provide their credit card number so they can provide fraud protection."

The Stoddard County Sheriff's Department is reminding everyone to be very careful of possible scams. The department tries to verify (if possible) that requests for Social Security numbers, credit card numbers or information and bank account information is coming from a legitimate source. "When in doubt, don't give out," Cook said.