Lawrenceburg Now

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Officials Urge Caution Regarding Abundant Scams

   Scam artists have been hard at work in recent months, targeting numerous residents of Lawrence County, and local authorities are urging all to exercise extreme caution.

   Because of the myriad of scams, frauds and scam attempts investigated by deputies with his department, Sheriff Jimmy Brown issued a press release Tuesday, advising all residents to be hyper vigilant when dealing with suspicious situations.

   Brown urges residents to get to know the persons or entities they do business with, and to be very careful when giving out any personal/identifying information.

   The most common scams, Brown said, are ones involving phony sweepstakes winnings. He explains, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” Brown points out that if you have not entered a sweepstakes contests, you are not likely to be selected to win one. And in ALL situations, Brown emphasizes, “If money is demanded for you to claim a prize, then it is more than likely a scam.”

   In regards to any scam, Brown issues the following suggestions:

  1. Always contact your banking institution.
  2. Contact the three major credit bureaus and request an alert be put on your file (Equifax – 1-800-685-1111,; Experian – 1-888-397-3742,; TransUnion – 1-800-916-8800,
  3. Contact your local law enforcement agencies if you feel you are in immediate danger.
  4. File a complaint at:

   Brown’s final piece of advice – if you feel uncertain about such matters, do not hesitate to call the sheriff’s department at 762-3626 for assistance or guidance.


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