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The Sheriff's Corner - April 2015

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Sheriff Scott Israel Broward County, FL        

No one can ever be completely safe from a scam or identity theft – not even the sheriff of Broward County. Recently, I received two checks in the mail from a company alleging that they owed me money from a past transaction. But there was a catch: the company explained the checks were written to me in error for more than the amount owed to me. All I needed to do was deposit the checks and wire the company the difference. I knew right away that something was wrong. I directed BSO detectives to investigate, and they instantly recognized the two checks were worthless.

IF CRIMINALS TRY TO SCAM THE SHERIFF , THEY WILL CERTAINLY TRY TO DO IT TO YOU.

The most effective economic crime, however, is one in which criminals steal your identity. This is a growing problem affecting millions of Americans every year. BSO is helping in the fight against identity theft. We provide residents a convenient, safe way to dispose of personal documents, check stubs, credit card offers, receipts and other items that might contain sensitive data through our free, monthly Shred-A-Thon events throughout Broward County. For a list of upcoming dates and times in your city, please visit www.sheriff.org.

As sheriff, I am committed to preventing these crimes. With your help, by being proactive and aware, together we can even stop scams before they happen. •

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