With the holiday season fast-approaching, Attorney General Ashley Moody is promoting a program that contains tips and resources available for Floridians to help protect themselves against emerging scams and fraud.
“Scams at a Glance: ‘Tis the Season” aims to educate Floridians on common scams typical of holiday-season purchasing and giving. Know that if a deal appears too good to be true, it almost always is.
To view the “Scams at a Glance: ‘Tis the Season” brochure, click here.
To access a webpage for more content related to common scams, click here.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple complaints from citizens who have received a call from someone claiming to be a Lee County Sheriff’s Office employee. The caller states that the person has missed jury duty and tells them they need to pay a fine for missing jury duty.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will not call and solicit money over the phone. This is a common scam that has been used over the years.
We urge anyone that has paid and given these individuals any money to please call us at (239) 477-1000 to report it.
If you ever question the legitimacy of a caller stating they are an employee with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, you can call our main line at (239) 477-1000 to verify the call.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is alerting the public that someone claiming to be a deputy is making scam phone calls.
A Lee County citizen received an unsolicited phone call Saturday morning from a male who identified himself as a Lee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy. During the call, the citizen questioned the caller as to his real identity, and the caller hung up.
The citizen called the number back and was directed to an answering service claiming to be “The County Sheriff’s Office.” When the citizen selected the option to speak to investigations, the same male answered.
After the citizen questioned the male caller about his intentions again, the male hung up.
During these phone calls, the male impersonating a deputy did not have the opportunity to request anything from the citizen.
A member of The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will never contact citizens over the telephone to request money or any type of compensation. If you receive a call like this, hang up immediately and call The Lee County Sheriff’s Office to report it at (239) 477-1000.
Did you receive an official-looking letter in the mail from County Records, LLC? They are offering to get you a copy of your property deed for $89.
Well…..this is a not the cheapest way to get a copy of your deed and the company makes it look like it is coming from an official county entity, so don’t fall for it.
We have been made aware of this scam that is circulating to residents of Cape Coral. These scammers target homeowners, but you may ask how they were able to get your name and address so easily. This information is public record and very easily obtained.
The letter itself looks professional and as if it came from the Lee County ‘records’ which is not the case. The real, Lee County records division is not an LLC, NOT located in Tampa, and the large print even explains that this is a solicitation which helps cover them against some legal liability.
The letter states that there is a service fee of $89 charged by the company to have them send you a copy of your recorded deed.
To receive a copy of your deed, please visit the Lee County Clerk website here. It will be cheaper and easier to obtain your copy in the appropriate way.
We received the letter shown below with permission to share. The recipient knew this was a scam and didn’t fall for the company’s attempt.
So, what do you do if you have received a copy of this letter? You can do one of the following:
Rip it up
Frame it to show you didn’t fall for the scam
Laugh at their attempt to scam you and then destroy it
Post it on Social Media to alert more people; then one of the above.