Sheriff Tate Lawrence announced that the most recent scam going on in Izard County involving someone calling pretending to be the son or grandson and needing money. A Horseshoe Bend man reported that he received such call and a person pretending to be his grandson stated that he was in an overseas jail and needed $8,000 to get out. The grandfather inquired to his grandson’s father to determine if the grandson was OK and was told that he was OK and was sitting in living room of their home. Several months ago a Melbourne woman received a call from someone stating that he was a grandson and was in an out of state hospital and needed money for medical care. In addition to this scam, several folks in the county are receiving calls stating they had won large amounts of money from Publishers Clearing House. All of the calls are simply scams and Sheriff Lawrence warns folks not to give these callers any personal information such as bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, and never give them money to cover the so called administrative fee for processing the money they have won.
News Release, For Immediate Release, October 18, 2016, POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 8703684203