Cleveland County Sheriff's Office Warns Against Internet Scams

Thursday, November 17th 2011, 1:14 pm
By: News 9

The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office is warning residents not to fall for scams popping up in their email inboxes.

Sheriff Joe Lester says thieves are "phishing" for information. They use the emails to obtain social security numbers, or bank account and credit card numbers so they can steal a person's identity.

"We've had several of these scams pop up in Cleveland County within the past two weeks," Cleveland County Sheriff Joe Lester said. "I urge anyone who believes they may be a victim of identity theft to call police. The sooner you report it, the better chance we have of catching the thieves."

The emails are not from any one particular business. The sheriff's office wants to make sure people know credible businesses will never ask for someone's personal or financial information via email.

Anyone who suspects they may be a victim of an internet crime should immediately contact law enforcement.