New Scam Hits Area Phone Lines

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The Bay County Sheriff’s Office issued a Scam Alert so local residents would know about a new scam that has generated several complaints recently.

Bay County residents have received telephone calls with a recorded message claiming to be from a financial institution. The message informs the intended victim that their debit or credit cards have been restricted due to possible fraud.

The recorded message then directs the victim to type in their card numbers to “verify transactions”.

Each intended victim has hung up and not participated, so there are no additional details to release at this time on the scam. The concern of authorities is that with recent media attention on the security breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus, there may be some confusion that the call is related to those events and therefore legitimate.

If you believe you have been victimized by this scam please contact Inv. Craig Romans at the Bay County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 248-2075 or by email at

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