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Scam Awareness Class Offered In Crook Co

PRINEVILLE, OR -- The Crook County Sheriff’s Office hosts its first ever Scam Awareness and Prevention class on Thursday. "Recently, we’ve been getting more reports of various scams," says Sgt. Javier Sanchez, "We’re seeing scams that pertain to jury duty, people pretending to be with the Sheriff’s Office, other kinds of scams, as far as cryptocurrency, Publisher’s Clearing House promotions, things like that."

Sgt. Sanchez tells KBND News it was important to offer the public a chance to interact with the agency, instead of just issuing another press release or online warning, "We can actually have a conversation about what’s going on - not only for the people that are involved, but once they’re aware of these scams, if they’re out in the community and they hear about a friend or a family member that’s experiencing something like that, they can share with them the information that they learned." 

He worries about two main issues, "The biggest concern is that people will send their money and never see it again. And the other one is that sometimes these kinds of scams, they are really difficult to track." Sanchez says that’s why it’s important for victims to report their losses, even if it’s a small amount of money. 

CCSO’s Scam Awareness Class is at the Crook County Library Thursday, at 5:30 p.m. It’s free and open to everyone.



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