BY SHERIFF JANIS MANGUM
I want to share with you a recent e-mail I received on my computer at the Sheriff’s Office. Keep in mind, this came in on the Sheriff’s Office computer.
“Dear Sir/Madam-I write to you this mail; but I have no idea who you are and where you are (OBVIOUSLY NOT). I decided to make this final contact just with anyone in order to participate in our works and legacy.
When my wife and I won the Jackpot Lottery of 11.2 million in July 2010, it didn’t mean much to me as
the health of my wife; unfortunately she passed away in July 2011.
Though, we had always wanted to diversify our charitable works beyond the borders of Canada; but all this while the local authorities here did not encourage me. Recently, I established contact with our affiliated bank in Ivory Coast and I am donating to you the sum of $150,000, which will be our last donation ever.
Do not be surprised at this offer; while this is a relatively small amount, I really hope that it will make a difference in your life and that of your loved ones. What you need do is send to me your name as it is on your ID card and your postal address.
The bank will either send to you a check/draft or they could credit your bank account as it suits you.
Good Luck, Allen and Violet Large”
Unbelievable that this was sent to the Sheriff’s Office computer, the sheriff’s computer, at that. This shows the depths these thieves will go to, to STEAL your money.
The people that send these type emails or other correspondence are victimizing the good people of Jackson County, taking your identity and your money.
You would be surprised at the people that do send their personal information and their money to these thieves.
Please hear me when I tell you, NO ONE is going to send you any amount of money out of the goodness of their heart. WHY??? Because these thieves have no goodness in their hearts!
When you receive these notices, the thieves may be in Canada, Nigeria, England, Jamaica, or any other foreign country.
Our goal at the Sheriff’s Office is to educate the citizens of Jackson County to these scams, in order to better prepare you when these thieves try to take your money.
DO NOT OPEN THESE E-MAILS OR RESPOND TO THEM IN ANY WAY.
IF YOU RECEIVE A TELEPHONE CALL, HANG UP THE PHONE!
There are other ways these thieves can steal from you. We have had many cases reported by victims due to multiple people coming to their homes, maybe telling them they are with the gas company and need you to show them the property line and while you go out, another one will enter the home, stealing your money or property.
They may come to your home, telling you they have asphalt left and would like to pave your driveway, only to steal from you.
They may come to your home, telling you they have flooring to put down for you. As they hold up the flooring to show you, one will enter your home and steal from you. This happened to a dear friend of mine several years ago and he lost his life savings, thousands of dollars.
We have had approximately 22 cases of reports filed on these fraud cases since January 2013.
I tell you all of this because I don’t want anyone to become a victim of these despicable thieves. To prevent this from happening, we have to educate our good citizens as to the extremes these thieves will go to in order to steal from you.
Always remember the Jackson County Anonymous Tip Line is 706 367-3784, you can provide information on suspicious activity without being involved or identified.
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