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Charlotte County warns of "spoofing" scam

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Posted at 5:33 PM, Jan 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-20 02:25:58-05

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.