Schemes to defraud people of their money continues to be an issue in Northeast Georgia as the perpetrators seek victims using social media and telephones.
Last month in Jackson County, scammers reached out to several targets through Facebook, telephone calls and e-mails, as reported in the Athens Banner-Herald.
The biggest victim was Jackson EMC, which lost $24,500 to someone who was able to send the business office an e-mail with instructions to pay an invoice owed to a marketing firm by routing the funds to a bank in Post, Texas, according to a Jackson County Sheriff’s report.
While the company’s insurance has covered the lost money, Jackson EMC spokeswoman April Sorrow said, “We are still pursing the criminal that did this and how this process happened. The authorities are looking at this here as well as in Texas.”
According to deputies, Jackson Spalding, the company which sent the original bill, is also investigating.
In another case, a 61-year-old Braselton woman lost $2,000 to a man she met through a dating website. The widower said she “fell head over heels” for the “gentleman,” who requested $2,000 from her on March 9, according to the report. She sent him the money and he asked her for more money, but she refused.
A deputy advised the woman to cut all ties with the man and to not open the e-mails she was receiving, which she said appeared “suspicious.”
The Jackson County Sheriff’s office has issued warnings about multiple frauds on its Facebook page in an effort to keep people from becoming victim to scams.
“We try to make people aware of all these scams,” Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum said. “I try to stress to people ‘don’t give any information over the phone.’ If they say it’s a bank you can contact them or go there, but don’t give information over the telephone.”
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