It’s the season of giving— and unfortunately, taking.
Clear Lake police report approximately 25 scams have surfaced since Oct. 1. Most have been unsuccessful, however, a few have resulted in stolen personal information or money.
“In most cases, the reporting person was able to determine the caller was a possible scammer and no loss occurred,” said Clear Lake Police Chief Pete Roth. “However, there have been a small number of incidents where personal information and/or money was provided to the callers.”
Roth explained that some of the common phone and internet scams experienced in our area are:
•The Internal Revenue Service (IRS): A caller makes a general claim that you owe back taxes and requests immediate payment, usually through a credit or debit card. The call may contain a threat of court action if payment is not made.
•Grandparent: The caller will claim a family member is in immediate need of money or is in jail.
•Winner of a prize: You will receive a phone call congratulating you on winning a prize, like a cruise.