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 […]

Okeechobee woman is victim of a scam

OKEECHOBEE — After losing $2,450, a local woman contacted the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office to report that she was the victim of a scam. Deputy Shane Bogner spoke to the woman, who told him she had received a text message supposedly from Walmart, congratulating her on being selected to complete a survey. The text told […]

Seniors vs. Crime is here to help you

OKEECHOBEE — Just about every week, a scam of some type is reported to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office. The scams run the gamut from phony Internal Revenue Service (IRS) workers claiming the victim owes money to the IRS, and if they do not pay immediately, some terrible penalty will occur to phony social security […]