BRAZIL Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Local authorities are warning the public of scam calls claiming to need money or personal information.
Clay County Sheriff Paul Harden said the calls circulate, going from one area to the next targeting mostly the elderly.
Harden said the department has gotten reports of calls asking for social security numbers and other personal information, as well as ones claiming to have a family member in jail. He said don’t fall for these.
“If you don’t recognize the number, don’t pick up,” Harden said. “If it’s important they will leave a message.”
The department said scam calls can be some of the hardest to stop because the numbers are computer generated. Instead, the department focuses on public awareness.
“Don’t give out information over the phone,” Harden noted. “Keep your information private and you’ll keep a lot more of your own money.”
The department said if you do get a scam call, hang up and then call your local authorities to report it.