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Fraud Alerts

If in Doubt, Keep Them Out!
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Crooks come in many disguises! Some come knocking on your front door or simply stop to talk to you while you are doing yard work. A reminder from the Lee County S...

Six Big Debit Card No-No’s
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

In light of the recent discovery of skimmers placed inside of gas pumps at several local gas stations, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office reminds consumers that wh...

Utility Bill Scam Striking Lee County Again
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Small business owners in Southwest Florida are once again being targeted in the so called “utility bill” scam. Today, the Sheriff’s Office Fraud line receiv...

Phoney Phone Call Reeks of Vishing
Thursday, March 20, 2014

A reminder from the Lee County Sheriff's Office: Never give out your personal information such as your social security or bank account numbers to anyone you do no...

Cell Phone Users Complain of Spam Text Messages
Friday, April 26, 2013

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Fraud Line has received dozens of complaints in the last week from residents who have received spam text messages, also known as...

Bogus Check Doesn’t Fool Local Real Estate Lawyer
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A real estate scam that recently surfaced in Southwest Florida serves as a timely warning to those in the business of selling property and/or representing agents ...

Debit Card Danger Zones
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Would you knowingly allow a thief to have direct access to your checking account? Most likely the answer is a resounding no! Unfortunately, you may be doing just ...

Lee County Sheriff’s Office Fights Fraud and Senior Exploitation
Friday, March 15, 2013

On a recent Tuesday morning, the fraud line rang and a local taxi driver reported his concern for an elderly passenger he believed was being scammed in a sweepsta...

Are you safeguarding your technology?
Friday, February 1, 2013

Every day we find ourselves interacting with modern technology. Our “devices” provide us convenience, entertainment, and connection to a world that is availab...

Could You Be A Target of Fraud?
Friday, December 14, 2012

As 2012 quickly comes to a close, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office reminds you to remain vigilant in protecting your identity, personal credit, and bank accounts...

Bogus E-mails Entice You to Click Before You Ship
Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit recently received an e-mail forwarded by a concerned resident who suspected the e-mail “allegedly” sen...

Traveling Tips to Protect Your Identity and Credit
Thursday, November 1, 2012

With holiday travel quickly approaching, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office encourages you to practice “Anti-Hacking Packing” by following these simple tips th...

Crime Prevention Starts With You!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

October is Crime Prevention Month and a time to Celebrate Safe Communities. CSC is crime prevention done the ri...

A Shared Resource is a Shared Responsibility
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Question: What do most government agencies, public and private corporations, home based businesses, schools, seniors and students have in common?...

How safe is your child online?
Friday, August 31, 2012

Summer vacation has come to an end; students have returned to the classroom and the daily grind of homework has begun. With today’s technology, most kids will s...

Do You Know What To Do?
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Did you know that Identity Theft is quickly becoming the crime of the 21st century? In fact, nearly 12 million Americans were the victims of identity theft in 201...

“Sheriff’s Office Warns Residents against Kidnapping Scam”
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Within the last 24 hours, a very disturbing and frightening phone scam has been reported to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office by several concerned residents. Citi...

Alert Resident Avoids Bad Job Offer
Monday, July 16, 2012

After receiving a call on the fraud line from a concerned citizen who almost fell for what appeared to be a legitimate classified ad, the Lee County Sheriff’s O...

Knowledge Before “Home” Work = A+
Monday, July 2, 2012

It’s that time of year when homeowners need to remember that con-artists are in our area looking for an easy way to make fast money through home improvement sca...

Multiple “Smishing” Texts Reported to Fraud Line
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is warning owners of cellular phones to be aware of a “smishing” scam that’s been circulating the area over the last sever...

Resident Falls for “Caretaker" Scam
Friday, June 15, 2012

A young woman looking for work on Craigslist contacted the Lee County Sheriff’s Office fraud line to report that she was duped out of $2,600 by an on-line scamm...

Boating Safety Tips for Summertime
Friday, June 1, 2012

The sun is shining, the fish are biting and many residents are ready to hitch up the boat and trailer and head to the back bays, the rivers and the gulf. As you p...

Protecting Your Identity during Summer Travel
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Your bags are packed, the car is loaded, the house is locked and it’s finally time to hit the road on your long awaited summer vacation. While you may have secu...

Planning a Summer Vacation? Beware of Travel Scams
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Imagine a cool breeze, sand in your toes and a bright orange sunset. For many, this is the picture perfect description of a dream vacation; but if you aren’t ca...

Do Your Homework When Applying for Education Grant
Monday, April 16, 2012

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Fraud Line received a call this week from a 19 year old college student who reported being scammed out of nearly $1,000 in what ...

Safe Summer Driving Tips
Tuesday, April 3, 2012

As the weather heats up and daylight lasts long into the evening, many people will welcome the Florida summer by hitting the highway for a long-anticipated vacati...

Tax Season and Identity Theft
Friday, March 16, 2012

As April 15th quickly approaches, many Lee County residents are busy preparing their 2011 income tax returns. Unfortunately, some people who have already submitte...

Lee County Sheriff's Office Warns Residents of Phone Scam
Friday, February 24, 2012

This week the Lee County Sheriff’s Office fraud line received approximately ten (10) complaints from residents who have received harassing and threatening phone...

Fraud Line Callers Seeking Advice and Reporting Fraud Continues to Rise
Thursday, February 16, 2012

The increase in the number of calls made to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 2011 is beginning to show that callers are anxious to report frauds and scams; as...

Rental Scam Catches Homeowner by Surprise
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Fraud Line recently received a phone call from a local homeowner who discovered the home she has for sale is also being advertis...

Lee County Residents Target of Various Scams
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Southwest Florida residents are keeping the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Fraud Line very busy in the first few weeks of 2012 as reports of various frauds and sca...

Jamaican Lottery Scam on the Rise
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Scammers pretending to be with the “Jamaica Lottery” have been busy preying on the elderly in Southwest Florida over the last several months, taking advantage...

Check Out Charities Before Giving
Thursday, December 15, 2011

It’s that time of year when bells are ringing, folks are singing and charitable organizations are asking for your help. Donating money to charities is a wonderf...

How well do you know your Debit Card?
Thursday, December 1, 2011

The holiday season is filled with good will, plenty of cheer and of course, the “gift of giving”. In the spirit of giving to loved ones and friends, many cons...

10 Popular Holiday Scams
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Just as you are hitting the malls and cybermalls looking for the ideal gift for that someone special this holiday season, be assured that con-artists are looking ...

Beware of Traveling Trouble
Friday, October 14, 2011

A cool breeze, low humidity and the return of friends and neighbors from up north can only mean one thing; fall has once again arrived in Southwest Florida. Unfor...

Attention Internet Users - Beware of Old Scams!
Thursday, October 6, 2011

Over the last few months, The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Fraud Line has received numerous complaints regarding online advertisements for employment, merc...

Criminals Posing as "Microsoft Security Team"
Thursday, September 15, 2011
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to "beware" of an emerging form of Internet scam that cyber criminals are using to trick Microsoft users into b...
Tugging at Heartstrings
Monday, August 15, 2011
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office fraud line recently received a dozen calls from area churches reporting phone calls they received from a man claiming to need money...
Online Romance Scams Heating Up in Southwest Florida
Thursday, July 14, 2011
In the old Waylon Jennings song "Looking for Love," the songwriter tells a story about his attempt to find true love; only to discover that he’s been looking for l...