The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is informing the public of a scam that has been on the increase in Lincoln County over the past few months. There has been an increase in phony debt collectors calling home phone numbers posing as a debt collector from a credit card company. The calls sound legitimate, but when challenged, these scammers have become threatening and vulgar.
This scam is similar to many other scams reported on the news and posted on the internet web occurring all over the country. If you get these calls make the caller aware you know they are scammers and discontinue the call. Some of the numbers have been captured on caller ID and come back as disconnected.
The Better Business Bureau has provided some guide lines for those who receive a suspicious phone call from a supposed debt collector:
*Ask the debt collector to provide official documentation in writing which substantiates the debt.
*Do not provide or confirm any bank account, credit card or other personal information over the phone until you have confirmed the legitimacy of the call.
*Review recent copies of your credit reports to ensure that the alleged debt is not affecting your credit.