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Columbia County Authorities Warning Residents About Scams

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Although it was many years ago, Sam Booher has fallen for a scam before.

"They showed me a product and said they are getting ready to market it and they needed the money to raise for marketing it, and would I buy some of the stock? And I did, and that was a mistake," Booher says.

It's a mistake that Booher doesn't want to make again, so he showed up to a scam awareness event in Columbia County to learn more about the scams of today.

"I'm not surprised about what I heard, but I'm surprised to hear so much of it is going on in Columbia County," he says.

And he is right. During the first six months of this year, there were more than 150 identity fraud cases reported in Columbia County. Captain Clay Smith expects the number to increase next year.

"There are more scams out there. There are different scams. It's not just your traditional, I steal your identity and get a credit card. It's high tech now," Smith says.

Smith discussed several of the scams he has seen recently, and a lot of them involve GreenDot MoneyPak cards.

"Now the scammers want you to get those, because they can easily get the money off them. I mean, within seconds, if you give them the number, the money is gone," Smith says.

He says the reason so many people are scammed each year is because the scammers have a confidence on the phone.

"They try to get you to not be able to think. They are trying to rush you into hurrying up and doing something. That's their whole thing, because if you start thinking about it, you're going to realize it's a scam," Smith says.

But smith says there is one thing you can do to make sure you never get scammed. It's something that Booher learned a long time ago.

"If it's personal information that belongs to you, and people are asking for it, just don't give it to them," Booher says.

If you get a phone call, an email, or even a letter from someone, and you're not sure if it's a scammer... police say the best thing to do is to hang up, write down the phone number, and call law enforcement.

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