February 10th, 2016
The Christian County Sheriff's Office has received reports of another scam that has hit our area as recently as this morning.
In this recent scam attempt, the potential victim receives an email from someone pretending to be their banking institution. The email states that someone has accessed their account illegally, and they are to fill out an attached form which asks for personal information such as account numbers, social security numbers, and/ or dates of birth, and email that form back.
The individual we received this information from did the right thing by picking up the phone and calling their bank. Their bank informed them that they do not conduct business this way and to NOT send that information, as it was, in fact, a scam.
If you have received an email like this, STOP and call your banking institution yourself and just ask. It might save you from losing a large amount of your hard earned money.
NEVER give out your personal information to anyone over the phone unless YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY SURE who you are talking to. When in doubt, hang up and contact your bank, or utility company, depending on the scam. Or, you can contact the Christian County Sheriff's Office, or your local law enforcement agency. PLEASE share this information with family and friends.
Thank you for partnering with the Christian County Sheriff's Office.
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Chris M. Miller, Captain
Christian County Sheriff's Office