CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — Charlotte County is warning residents about a spoofing scam that has been occurring in recent weeks.
"Spoofing" is the act of disguising communications, such as phone calls, emails, websites, etc., from an unknown source and acting as a known, trusted source.
A resident recently alerted the county’s Human Services Department, stating they were contacted via phone by someone selling insurance using a “spoofed” county phone number. The resident declined and reported the call to the county.
If you receive a call from an unverified number asking you for personal information, hang up immediately, and never give out sensitive information.
If you'd like to report a scam attempt, contact the Federal Trade Commission authorities. If you fall victim to a scam, please contact the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office at 941-639-0013.