Man claims he is from the government and here to help

OKEECHOBEE — A CNA (certified nursing assistant) called the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, May 13 to report what she thought might be a scam. She told Deputy Tim Higgins she had been working at the home of a patient on Tuesday when a Hispanic male, approximately 50 years old, came to the door […]

Seniors warned about Medicare fraud

TALLAHASSEE — On March 18, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ SHINE Program issued guidance to the state’s more than 5.5 million elders on how to protect yourself against Medicare fraud as the state responds to COVID-19. “Medicare provides some easy-to-use and preventive measures you or your loved ones may wish to use to help […]

Beware of coronavirus scams

Florida residents be aware! More reports are being received of reports of people dressing in white lab coats wearing masks and gloves knocking on resident’s doors, identifying themselves as representatives from the Department of Health or the CDC and want to test residents for the COVID-19 virus. Please know, representatives from the CDC or Department […]

Woman scammed on Jeep purchase

OKEECHOBEE — A woman is out $2,800 after a scam artist told her to buy eBay gift cards to purchase a Jeep, and she did. Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Stephen Paladino spoke to the complainant on Feb. 14. She told him she attempted to buy a 2002 Jeep Wrangler off eBay Motors for $1,800 and […]

Scam alert: When in doubt, don’t

OKEECHOBEE – Just when you think you’ve heard them all, another scam comes along. Okeechobee City Police Detective Bill Saum said he was recently reading about Smishing. This involves someone contacting you, usually via text to inform you there is extra money available to you for your digital wallet. “No, it ain’t real,” he said. […]

Scam alert: ‘I’m from Canada, and I want to give you millions’

OKEECHOBEE — Another local woman was targeted by a scam artist this week, but this woman was too smart to fall for his tricks. Ms. Frankie received a letter in the mail informing her that a Mr. Michael Rolands of the TD Canada Trust Bank was searching for relatives of one of his customers who […]

Welfare check leads to scam victim

OKEECHOBEE — After a man called the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office to ask for a welfare check on his friend, Sgt. Matthew Hurst responded to the man’s home to find out if everything was OK. The caller had reported speaking to his friend earlier in the day and feared his friend might have been the […]

Prayer scam is the latest to hit Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — One of the latest scams to hit our area is the prayer scam. In this scam, the suspect(s) approach and befriend a victim, oftentimes of Hispanic descent. The suspects then convince the victim that they will pray over their money and their family. The victim followed the suspects to their home and they […]

Registered sex offenders/predators receive scam phone calls

OKEECHOBEE — An Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office press release stated they have had several registered sex offenders/predators reporting to have received phone calls that threaten them with incarceration. The caller claims that the offender is not in compliance with registering and is going to be arrested. In one case the caller instructed the offender to […]

Fake Army boyfriend scams woman

OKEECHOBEE — Another local woman was scammed out of thousands of dollars this week, but this time it was by a man posing as a new boyfriend serving in the Army. This man, whom the woman never had met in person but had corresponded with, supposedly was serving overseas. According to the statement given to […]