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Fraud Alerts

Loan Inquiry Leaves Victim in the Red
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A postcard in the mail advertising a variety of lending products, followed by an online application for a short term loan, recently cost one local man $750.00 and...

Scammers Impersonating LCSO, Again!
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Scammers are once again using the name and phone number of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in order to steal cash from residents in what is known as “caller I...

Residents Continue to Ring Sheriff’s Office Fraud Line
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Southwest Florida residents are targeted everyday by fraudsters posing as IRS agents, desperate grandchildren, online sweethearts, sweepstakes representatives and...

Fraudulent Schemes Follow Florida Tragedy
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Just hours after the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on June 12th, phony social media and crowd-funding accounts were created by heartless thieves tr...

FBI SENDS WARNING OF NEW E-MAIL EXTORTION SCAM
Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is alerting the public about a new e-mail scam circulating the country by criminals using threats of extortion to steal cash f...

Unsuspecting Seniors Take a Chance, Lose Cash
Friday, April 15, 2016

Scammers pretending to be with the “Jamaican Lottery”, “Mega Million Lottery” and “Publisher’s Clearinghouse” have been busy preying on the elderly ...

Know Who You Invite to Speak to Your Community/Group
Friday, February 19, 2016

Lee County Homeowners Associations and Mobile Home Communities – If you receive a cold call from a group stating they are working with or are a part of the Lee ...

ID Thieves Play Serious Game with Your Child’s Identity
Thursday, December 17, 2015

This is the most wonderful time of the year for Holiday Magic, Season’s Greetings, and Joy to the World. Unfortunately, in the midst of your celebration, you co...

Computer Hacker and Webcam Tracker Spies on Local Man
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

With new hacks and data breaches emerging daily, cyber security is an ever-growing concern that should never be taken lightly. Just ask one local man who unknowin...

Phony Tax Man Calls Continue to Plague Lee County
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The IRS phone scam is a con that has cost American taxpayers more than $20 million in financial losses and does not appear to be slowing down any time soon. Once ...

Astute Closing Agent Avoids Real Estate Transaction Disaster
Thursday, October 15, 2015

A local title insurance company is one of many businesses in the U.S. recently targeted in a fraudulent e-mail scam known as the “Business E-mail Compromise” ...

Dog Scam Catches Victim Barking Up Wrong Tree
Thursday, September 17, 2015

A local dog lover searching online to buy a puppy for his wife was recently scammed out of $560.00 after he wire transferred cash to a thief who did a doggone goo...

Fraudulent Tax Man Receives Big Return
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Within 24 hours, a Lee County woman found herself out of $19,500 after being duped by con-artists in the on-going IRS scam that continues to plague Southwest Flor...

Grandparent Scam Calls Resurface in Lee
Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Lee County Sheriff's Office Fraud Line has seen an increase in calls this month from residents reporting a telephone scam sometimes referred to as the “Gran...

Shredding Rips the Opportunity from Hands of Identity Thieves
Monday, April 20, 2015

For the fourth consecutive year, the Federal Trade Commission released figures showing Florida continues to lead the nation in identity theft complaints. This not...

Spoof Phone Call Rings too Close to Home
Monday, March 30, 2015

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office wants the public to be aware of several incidents that have occurred over the past several days involving caller ID spoofing and...

Six Tips Burglars Don’t Want You to Know
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Researchers who have interviewed hundred’s of incarcerated burglars, both male and female, found there were certain things these thieves looked for when selecti...

Scholarship Scams Can Snag Student Savings
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

College acceptance letters have been going out to applicants all across Southwest Florida recently, and as the buzz on social media continues to grow with excitem...

IRS Scam Calls Continue to Plague Lee County
Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office fraud line continues to receive dozens of calls from concerned residents this week reporting suspicious phone calls from someone...

Tricky Job Posting Leaves Local Resident in the Red
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Warning residents about shady job postings is nothing new for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office; however, the latest trick being used by scammers to lure victims ...

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...