FCSO: Increase in scams

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 8, 2024

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FORSYTH COUNTY — The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) wants the community to be aware of recent scams and remain vigilant to identify possible scams. 

The sheriff’s office has received an influx of calls reporting scams centered around taxes, COVID funds, summons to appear and failure to appear for loan defaults. These scams are currently circulating through the U.S. Postal Service, email and phone calls. Numerous citizens have contacted the sheriff’s office after receiving letters in the mail or emails alleging a summons has been filed against them. 

This incident underscores the prevalence of scams where criminals fabricate officer names, judges, elected officials, banks and caller IDs to exploit individuals and coerce them into fraudulent financial transactions. 

The sheriff’s office continues to urge citizens to never provide money to individuals over the phone via pre-paid money cards, cryptocurrency or any other payment method. If you suspect fraudulent activity end the call immediately or keep any letters you received and notify your local law enforcement agency to report the activity.