Just in time for the upcoming summer months, phone scammers are already planting the seeds for making 2013 a long, hot season for local residents.
County attorney Gary Trammel said several local residents have been hit with phone calls with scams.
Trammel said the phone calls placed to residents, called spoofing, have mainly targeted local loan companies.
“Scammers are able to get your address and other information and then try to use scare tactics to get you to send them money,” he said. “The best advice I can give to residents is to not give up any information. But, the scary thing is that the scammers know exactly where money was borrowed from.”
Trammel said one citizen was taken for more than $1,800 in a scam.
“If the person on the phone does not want to give up an address to mail information, then that's an indicator that it's a scam,” he said. “After that, the best thing to do is just hang up.”