Carson City Sheriff’s Office warns of familiar scams

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Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 12:12 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is reminding you to watch out for familiar scams in our area.

Many times scammers will call you pretending to be with the Social Security Administration or the IRS. They will threaten to freeze assets or claim your social security benefits have been compromised. Neither agency will contact you by phone and ask for personal information.

Criminals also pose as representatives of a utility company and threaten to terminate service unless you pay them immediately.

Another popular fraud is the sweepstakes fraud where the thief calls and claims you have won a large sum of money, but in order to collect your prize you need to pay taxes on the winnings. Payment is usually requested in the form of gift cards such as, Green Dot or Apple iTunes cards, or the thief will ask for your credit card number or checking account information.

The sheriff’s office reminds you to always verify who you are speaking with and do not provide your personal banking or identification information over the phone.

For more information on how to protect yourself from theft and fraud, go to the Carson City Sheriff’s Office website and click on “scams” and “identity theft”.

If you are a victim of identity theft click on the Identity Theft Victim’s Packet to download a resource guide that will help you through the process of reporting the identity theft.

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