LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) - The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office wants to make sure you don't become a victim of a scam this holiday season.
Lieutenant Stryde Jones said they don't typically see an increase in scams during the holidays, but they do see a change in the type of scams being committed. "They tend to commit those scams that tug at the heart of people," Jones explained. "Sometimes, they will present themselves as various charities. Sometimes, they will present themselves as the family member who needs help."
Law enforcement is also continuing to see scammers using the military as part of their scams. "We're still seeing an increase in the use of military members in these scams. People purporting themselves to having made business deals on behalf of military members and wantin' to transfer funds to the United States," said Jones.
The best way to avoid a scam, Jones said, is to always be suspicious. "Be aware of what's going on. Question everything," Jones emphasized. But, if you do become the victim of a scam, don't try to get information from the scammer. The best thing to do is to simply stop communicating with the scammer immediately.
"Just cut the scammer off. Notify your local law enforcement," said Jones. "Certainly don't provide them with any information. If it's truly a legitimate operation, then they'll provide you with information. You won't have to provide them with anything."
So far, there have been no reports of holiday scams this holiday season in Lowndes County.