Citizens Urged To Be Alert As Scams Increase During Holidays

As the holiday season approaches, local law enforcement agencies are urging residents to be particularly watchful for all types and forms of scams.

Murray County Emergency Management Director Mark Woodell, a former police officer and deputy, noted one successful scamming operation in Bokchito recently in which a woman lost hundreds of dollars she had been saving for years as two men posed as electrical company workers and allegedly tricked her into giving them cash, then stole from her purse while she was out of sight.

Saying her electric meter was wavering and they could fix the gauge, the men were able to walk off with over $900 of the woman’s life savings.

According to Woodell, no public utility worker will ever ask for cash. He said that is a dead giveaway that a scam operation is underway and residents are urged to call 911 immediately.

 

 

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