WARNING: Sheriff Issues Telephone Scam Alert
By Brevard County Sheriff // November 5, 2013
scammers pretend to be family members
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has issued an alert to the public about a telephone scam where victims are being called by individuals who pretend to be a family member or friend.
The scammer will claim that they have been arrested in another country or state and are in immediate need of bail money. In some cases the caller will claim to be an attorney requesting the bail money for a friend or family member.
The scammers are commonly prepared with information, which is usually readily available and shared on social media networks. The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is asking citizens to call your local law enforcement office if you are unsure about the authenticity of a telephone call. Unknown telephone numbers can also be researched on 800notes.com, which is a directory of unknown telephone numbers.
Anyone with information about a scam is asked to contact the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Economics Crimes Unit at 321-633-8410 or call CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential, and callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward for information leading to an arrest.