Sheriff's Office: Don't get stung
Submitted by Howard Owens on December 17, 2009 - 9:15pm
If somebody calls you up and says you just won $1.2 million, it's not necessarily your lucky day.
A Corfu resident who recently received such a call on his mobile phone, did the smart thing and asked a few questions. The caller identified himself as Detective Brown and said that the lottery was "100 percent verified by the United States Government."
When the Corfu resident inquired about how Det. Brown obtained his mobile number, the caller mentioned something about paying bills online and buying goods "at a favorite grocery store."
The would-be victim figured out that the area code for Det. Brown was in Jamaica.
After getting off the phone, the complainant, who is on a "Do Not Call List," contacted Verizon Wireless and asked how this phony could have obtained his number. A Verizon operator said the company is aware of this particular scam, but did not explain, according to the Sheriff's Office, why the Corfu man's phone number was compromised.
Investigator Roger Stone warns residents to be especially aware during the Holiday Season of scammers and bunko artists. Many grifters will often try to obtain key personal and account information on the promise of sending large sums of money. Some flimflammers will ask "marks" for advance payment for insurance or shipping, etc., before claimed winnings or windfalls are transferred.
Would-be marks are encouraged to first, don't fall for the con, and second, report the incident to their local law-enforcement agency.