Various phone, computer scams circulating the East

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Members of the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office are urging the public to watch out for various scams circulating the East. 

Staff said they cannot stress enough how serious these scams are right now. 

They said they get calls and complaints from people in the community dealing with scams on a daily basis. 

“One claiming to be Medicare, there’s one right now claiming to be social security, one claiming to dealing with your computer security,” said Sergeant Lee Darnell. 

He said though senior citizens are the prime targets, anyone can be impacted.

“They really are good. They practice over and over every day — if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” he said.

These scams can not only get a hold of your financial information but can also steal your identity and even take over your computer. 

It’s important to watch out for red flags. One red flag is fake numbers.

“They can spoof numbers and have your phone saying the call could say coming from the Pitt County sheriff’s office, but it’s not,” said Darnell.

Intimidation, false promises and scare tactics are more forms of these red flags people should watch out for. 

If you receive a call or message you think is a scam, call the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office and report it. 

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