Sheriff’s Office Warns of Phone Scam Targeting Business Owners
HERNANDO – Business owners beware.
The Sheriff’s Office is warning local business owners of a phone scam that is plaguing our community.
According to reports, this new scam involves individuals calling retail establishments and identifying themselves as a representative from “corporate.” The suspect asks to speak to a manager or someone in charge at the establishment and advises that their taxes are in arrears. They further warn that if the manager does not rectify this situation immediately, he or she will be “arrested or detained.” As an option to resolve the issue, managers are asked to remove a given amount of money from the cash register or safe and purchase Green Dot Cards, or prepaid debit cards.
Once the cards have been purchased, the numbers from the cards are supplied to the suspect via telephone and then they directed to mail them to a bogus address.
Officials say, if you or any representative from your business receive a call like this, please do not fall victim to this scam.
If you have already fallen victim to this scam, contact the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office to make a report.
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