The Howard County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to be aware of possible scams.
The sheriff’s office says some citizens have received phone calls from people claiming to be from a variety of companies, including the Amazon Fraud Department. The scammers claim suspicious activity on your account and offer to credit money back to you. They then ask for bank details and for confirmation of the amounts. However, the scammer then claims they sent you the wrong amount of money and asks you to go to a local store to purchase gift cards to pay them back. The scammers may also send you an email, asking you to click on a link in the email, which will give them access to your computer.
The sheriff’s office reminds residents to never give out any personal information, bank account information or credit card information to an unknown caller or anyone asking you to purchase gift cards over the phone. If you feel you have been a victim of a scam call, please call the Howard County Sheriff’s office at 563-547-3535
You can also Report suspicious scam callers to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint Center or (IC3) at www.IC3.gov or the Scam resource numbers 888-777-4590 / 515-281-6413