Statement as issued by Steven M. Towns, Williams County sheriff:
Again and again the Williams County Sheriff’s Office receives calls reporting that someone has either been a victim of, or has been targeted by, scammers. Scams come in all forms and use many different methods to contact you.
If you have to pay to collect your prize it is a scam. I you receive a call to send money to a relative needing funds by wire or money order you should call other relatives to verify that the person claiming to need funds is who and where they say they are. Law enforcement agencies do not send you a notice via email of your impending arrest if you do not pay a fine.
If you are contacted to post bond for a relative or friend first contact the law enforcement agency or court that is purported to be holding your relative or friend. Do not offer to post the bond money over the telephone or online.
Do some research on your own.
Unless you initiated the call do not offer your credit card information to anyone on the telephone. Do not pay for unsolicited work that may be claimed to have been performed on your home or property. Be cautious of notices you receive online claiming that your computer needs immediate repair. What appears to be a trusted source can be a scam.
Many scams involve the use of a trusted shipping company name such as FedEx, UPS or USPS. You may receive an email from a shipper telling you that you have an undelivered package. Contact the shipping company by telephone. Do not answer the email and do not send funds to obtain the package until you have checked with the shipper directly. Do not give out the tracking number for a package or letter to anyone other than a representative of a trusted delivery service.
These are just a few of the many scams that have been reported to the Sheriff’s Office in the past few months.
Remember: You can always hang up if a caller attempts to gain information from you. Never give your information to someone that you do not know personally. Scammers will try to make you believe that you must give them information. You do not need to give an unsolicited caller any information about yourself.
The Williams County Sheriff’s Office wants to help you keep your hard earned money. If you have any doubts about a person or organization that is contacting you for funds please call the Williams County Sheriff’s Office at (419) 636-3151. We are ready and happy to answer your questions.