Sarasota issues telephone scam warning

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office warned area residents Monday about two telephone scams being conducted in the area.

According to the Sheriff’s Office press release:The department received several reports this weekend from residents who received a phone call from someone claiming to be with “the sheriff’s office” or “the police department.” The caller requested the person’s social security number so they can “red flag” their credit card account that had been compromised by suspects in custody.

Detectives would not conduct an investigation in this manner, the sheriff's office stated, so no one should provide personal financial information to anyone, particularly over the phone.

In the other scam, a caller asks people to wire money out of state to help a relative in trouble, usually in Canada. No one should wire money unless they can independently confirm who they are dealing with and that the relative is truly in need, the release stated.

“As nice as they sound, these criminals are trying to separate citizens from their hard earned money, so just hang up,” Sheriff Tom Knight said.

Anyone with information should contact the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office at 941.316.1201.