DeKalb County Sheriff Warns of recent telephone scams

DeKalb County Sheriff Warns of recent telephone scams

(DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

By Staff Reports

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Earlier today, the Office of DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris issued a statement on the recent scams: "I want the citizens of DeKalb County know that it is getting that time of year and there are new scams going around. Here at the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office we are receiving reports of scams with someone calling from a local number that you may or may not know."

"These calls may show up as a person in the community on your caller ID. The scammers will tell you that they are calling from a Hearing Aid company, or any other company, trying to sell you something," he said. 

"Phone and Internet scams are a daily problem. Use common sense as you go through these calls or e-mails. Never verify or give out account information over the phone or internet. Never wire money to collect money. Never cash a check to send money back," the statement concluded. 

DeKalb County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson also said of the scams, “these phone calls are scams even if it shows up as a local number or if you know the number or not, you need to exercise cautious and do not give out any personal information over the phone.”