SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office issued a telephone scam warning Wednesday.
The department said it has seen a large increase in phone scams and wants to help you avoid becoming a victim.
A typical scam begins when someone calls and claims to be with some organization (such as Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, IRS, Social Security, a Law Enforcement Agency, Publishers Clearing House, a Bank, etc.). The scammers claim your computer/smartphone was hacked, you have a warrant out for your arrest, you won a prize, your social security number was stolen, you owe the IRS money, etc. This approach is being used to get you, as the victim, very emotional, either scared or excited, hoping that you will lose judgment long enough for them to complete their scheme.
In many cases, the scammers will ask you to purchase some type of gift card. In other cases, the scammers…