Sheriff warns of telephone scam

BOURNE – Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings is warning Cape Cod residents about yet another phone scam.

He has been alerted that unsolicited calls are being made from individuals falsely claiming to represent the Sheriff’s Office. Callers reportedly use as a ruse wanting to help consumers get their finances in order, and in the process attempt to pry loose Social Security and other personal information. This can lead to identity theft and attempts to hack into on-line accounts.

The Sheriff reminds anyone receiving such a call to insist that the solicitor give them his or her organization’s name and phone number — and to expect a call back. “Or there is an even easier way,” the Sheriff observes. “If you’re feeling the tiniest bit uncomfortable, just hang up. And most of all, never, ever give up information that sounds suspiciously specific.”
Media release furnished by Barnstable Sheriff’s Office


  1. Bruce Dawning says

    It has become one of the popular tricks that they used to steal people’s money these days. I found some recent similar reports filed at just yesterday. People should always remain vigilant.

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