Sheriff Hans Miller warns citizens of phone and internet scams

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller issued a statement Friday afternoon about the current dangers of scams that are being used to victimize adult citizens of all ages.
“Modern technology is here to stay. It helps us do many things, but it can and has also been abused by individuals with criminal intent.”, said Sheriff Miller.

The goal of Miller’s Statement is with hopes of protecting citizens from scam artist and cons. Miller stated, “I feel that it is necessary to inform our citizens of certain telephone or Internet and email scams.”

Sheriff Miller listed a few vital reminders of things citizens are urged to be aware of:

• The Social Security Administration does not advertise benefits on social media. The SSA does not use social media or telephone to inform that their account numbers are “frozen.” The SSA does not ask people for money by phone or social media.
• The Internal Revenue Service will never threaten citizens or ask for tax money or fines by telephone or social media.
• Neither the court system or the sheriff of any county issues warning letters or threats about any jury issues, or threats of any arrests by internet, email or by telephone. Neither the court system nor sheriffs will ask for money to take care of “fines.”

“When in doubt, ask the professionals, file a report.” said Sheriff Miller.
The sheriff urges citizens to please not get “phished”. Restrain from anyone encouraging you to buy gift cards, send any money for rebate winnings or any money transactions to people that you do not know or have a trusting relationship.

Sheriff Miller strongly encourages all citizens to understand that this is not how the government works. Additionally, Miller says, “PLEASE do not ever give your Social Security number or any other personal information to someone that you do not know and trust.”

The Onslow Beat will go more in depth of these scams that are victimizing many across the country. Stay tuned for a short series on them to be aware and information to protect yourself from falling victim.

Coming soon in a 3-part series: Phone Scams- Spoofing, Phishing and Military Romance Scams.

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