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Older veterans not immune to scams

Older veterans not immune to scams

Older veterans are more likely to be a scam victim than the average older American, according to a study conducted by the AARP Fraud Watch Network. Their willingness to help others is often used against them, according to Joe Solosna, who works with the National Association of Veterans and Families (NAVF). Read the full article […]

Two Romanians arrested for ATM skimmers

Two Romanians arrested for ATM skimmers

Two Romanians were arrested May 5 in Okaloosa County for allegedly installing ATM skimming devices according to a press release from Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OSCO). Viorel Naboiu, 43, and Florin Bersanu, 31, were believed to be traveling state to state installing the devices on ATM machines.   Read the full article in the May […]

Phone scam thwarted by local deputies

Phone scam thwarted by local deputies

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Deputies responding to an unpaid taxi fare thwarted a scam March 26 in Milton. At approximately 11 a.m., dispatchers at the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to an individual who was refusing to pay for a taxi cab fare according to a sheriff’s office press release. […]

Santa Rosa among nation’s top 50 scam targets

Santa Rosa among nation’s top 50 scam targets

If it seems that you’re getting more of those suspicious phone calls lately from someone claiming that you’re way overdue on money owed to the Internal Revenue Service or on a credit card, welcome to the club. The Escambia-Santa Rosa County area is ranked 45th among the country’s most popular markets for telephone scammers in […]

CHELCO advises members to be aware of scammers

CHELCO advises members to be aware of scammers

CHELCO asks members to beware of scammers posing as utility companies in both Walton and Okaloosa counties. These scammers will call a member on the telephone demanding payment by credit card, threatening to turn off their power if they don’t pay immediately. The scammers will give a name and badge number and ask for members […]

Gulf Breeze City Hall targeted online

Gulf Breeze City Hall targeted online

As revelations from hacked emails roil the presidential race and Washington pursues an international probe into whether the Russians are behind it, the City of Gulf Breeze is also being challenged with a cyber-security mystery. City officials recently asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to uncover the source of repeated, anonymous emails seeking personal financial […]

Spoofing used in exploitation of senior citizens

Spoofing used in exploitation of senior citizens

No state has a larger elderly population in the nation than Florida. More than 4.9 million residents are 60 years of age or older, accounting for 24 percent of the state’s population, and scam artists are eager to exploit it. “Exploitation and fraud is one of the biggest categories of abuse against elders,” said Ashley […]

Gulf Power warns customers of phone scam

Gulf Power warns customers of phone scam

Gulf Power is warning its customers of a continuing scam in which area businesses received calls from a person claiming to represent Gulf Power and demanding payment — or their electric service would be cut off. Gulf Power continues to work with law enforcement in reporting these incidents, but the company has received an escalated […]

Sheriff’s office used in scam

Sheriff’s office used in scam

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a scam in which the perpetrator pretends to be a law enforcement officer. Deputy Rich Aloy, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said the department received “numerous calls” today asking about the scam, which he said has been occurring for several months. Aloy said the scammer […]

Santa Rosa County Sheriff warns of telephone scams

Santa Rosa County Sheriff warns of telephone scams

A nationwide phone scam that has made its way to Santa Rosa County is just the latest in a string of fraudulent callers looking to make some quick cash. The caller, who identifies himself as Deputy Harris, accuses Santa Rosa residents of skipping jury duty and claims there’s a warrant out for their arrests, according […]