Be vigilant this holiday season for scammers

Tis the season for scammers.

Because of artificial intelligence, borderless currency, and the internet, more people than ever before are trying to hustle, steal, and defraud, the Federal Trade Commission warns.

The convenience of doing all your business online creates more
opportunities for scammers.

If someone calls from a company or non-profit, don’t assume they
actually represent that institution.

Call the organization’s main number.

Never open attachments or links in unsolicited email or direct messages.

Call the sender and confirm their legitimacy.

Don’t hesitate to ask questions, and don’t send money.

Be vigilant.

It is now cheap and easy to impersonate someone’s voice and to create digital photographs and videos that seem real.

Do not believe everything you see.

Verify before taking any actions.

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Scammers target Shenandoah County residents

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Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) warns of a scam reported in the county.

It has been reported most recently that someone attempting to impersonate a deputy of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office is calling himself Deputy Eric Marshall.

It’s the  typical scam with this person telling the prospective victim that they must  get a money order to pay off a dept or a warrant will be issued for their arrest.

Residents are reminded to not provide the caller with any information.

These types of calls will never come from anyone from the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office and no one by that name works for the office.

As always you can verify a call of this nature by calling the Sheriff’s Office yourself.

If you are a victim of this scam or any other scam you should contact the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office at 540-459-6100.

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