“The Sheriff’s View” (#47)
As with many of you, the Thanksgiving holiday has brought out-of-state family members to town; therefore, my weekend time has gone to them so this week’s article will be fairly brief. Fear not though, your Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was very busy serving you last week, in which I will be reporting further about in a few days.
With the holiday season upon us, fraud crimes are ramped and rarely a day goes by without this agency receiving reports regarding fraudulent activity. Thefts of credit cards, along with information from the cards by portable swipe reading devices, are incredibly high this season. E-mails, phone calls and postal mail containing fraudulent scams are crimes that most of us seem to be receiving these days. Just remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. I want to caution each of you too about receiving e-mails from a bank, Pay-Pay or cell-phone company advising that your account has been hacked and you need to e-mail or phone in personal information, such as a Driver’s License number or Social Security number. Also, the FBI and Social Security Administration will never contact you asking for this information, either.
This is also the time of year that charity organizations are heavily soliciting donations, so be intelligent about responding to e-mails and telephone calls from individuals that might be fraudulently soliciting funds but using the name of reputable organizations. If you wish to donate by e-mail/internet, “do not” respond to E-mail sites but go to the organization’s internet site to donate. If contacted via telephone, ask for a call-back number so you can verify the caller and then donate when you re-contact them. These can be scams ran by criminals who are attempting to steal your hard-earned money!
Unfortunately, we have events throughout our county in which individuals lose their lives to unfortunate circumstances. When these incidents occur, I always receive inquiries asking details, along with requests wanting me to write press releases regarding these deaths. My general rule is that unless the death involves a crime, traffic accident or very unusual circumstance, I probably will not be making an official news release. It is my contention that these are personal matters and we should all respect their family members and allow them to grieve in private.
Waynesville had a good turnout at their annual Christmas Parade on Sunday, and Mother Nature could not have given a better day for such event. I personally enjoyed seeing many of you at this event, and want to thank each of you for coming out and supporting your community.
This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (www.pcsheriff2.com
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As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.
Sheriff Ronald Long