Kootenai County Sheriff's Office warns of several scam reports | Crime
From the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office:
The Idaho Coalition Against Identify Theft advises four current scams that are going on right now in the State of Idaho that you may want to be aware of. One directly involves Sheriff's Offices.
- Seniors are receiving calls after surgeries from someone demanding they pay the remaining bill/balance.
- People are receiving calls being told they won a Green Dot card loaded with $500 and solicits account number to pay for the taxes.
- Calls are being made by someone claiming to be from local County Sheriff's Office stating that the person has an outstanding fine that needs to be paid or he or she could face jail time.
- Groups are traveling into towns recruiting homeless people to write bad checks and use bad credit cards to buy things (mostly gift cards).
- Other scams that have been occurring in the Kootenai County area are:
- You have just won money ($1,000.00 to $2,000,000.00). Prior to receiving your winnings, money needs to be sent.
- You are notified that your name has been mentioned in a drug laundering case, or you did not show up for your assigned jury duty. A warrant will be issued if you do not pay the caller.
- You receive a telephone call from an individual stating they are your grandchild. The caller states they have been arrested, and need money for bail or attorney fees.
- There are several fraudulent websites offering to renew your Idaho Driver’s License or Identification Card online. Idaho does not offer online renewal.
Fraud/Scam calls are on the increase. Prior to sending any money or giving out your personal information, verify the call is legitimate. Bottom line, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The following are a few tips to follow if you have questions:
- Go on line and conduct a name check on the company, and/or telephone number of the caller. If it is a scam, information may be listed on the web page.
- Contact your local law enforcement agency for assistance.
- If the company is one you know, advise the caller you will be calling back on their published telephone line to verify the information they gave you is correct.
You work too hard for your money, DON’T BECOME A VICTIM. Verify information before sending any money. For additional information on scams or general Crime Prevention in Kootenai County, please go to our website.