Phone scams and text messages :
The phone scams continue to increase in our area on a daily basis . A suggestion to help alleviate this problem is to simply DO NOT answer your phone by voice or text if the number calling or texting you is not in your contacts. If you receiving calls from a landline phone and you do not have caller ID, and you do not recognize the number , do not answer it period. The person calling will leave a message if they want to talk to you. I suggest that if you do not have caller ID on your landline, please get it. It is not that expensive , and will be money well spent with the amount of phone scams that are currently out there. We have patrons losing hundreds and thousands of dollars every year, falling for the scams. And they simply are very annoying to deal with the people on the other end of the line anyway, and you shouldn’t have to deal with it, so simply don’t answer your phone if you don’t recognize the number. If you are using a cell phone primarily I would offer that you can come to the Sheriffs office and we can help you put your important numbers in your phone for you. Gather your numbers [ family , friends , doctors , banks , insurance companies , etc… ] anybody that you would customarily want to receive calls from and bring them in and we can help you put those numbers in your contacts so that they show up when that person calls. Please just be vigilant when dealing with these type of calls and stand your ground.