The holiday season is always a special time of year. It is also a time when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime.
In response to a rise in reports of phone and internet fraud, the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office is reminding people to be cautious with personal and financial information.
Scammers commonly claim to be law enforcement officers or IRS agents, according to the sheriff’s office, and try to get victims to send money or purchase gift cards to avoid criminal charges.
The sheriff’s office says not to give out any personal or financial information to unsolicited internet contacts and remember that law enforcement officers and IRS agents do not call and threaten arrest if money is not paid immediately.
In addition to contacting local law enforcement about these types of incidents, people can also report internet crime complaints directly to the FBI Internet Crime Reporting Center by visiting www.ic3.gov.
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