F.I.R.S.T. Program fights scams in the community

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay County Sheriff's Office held a meeting this morning in hopes of preventing future scams in the community.

The BCSO F.I.R.S.T. Program, which stands for Financial Institutions and Retail Businesses Stopping Theft, works with businesses throughout Bay County to prevent and discourage crime.

At the first meeting, Investigator Paul Vecker talked about current trends in financial crime and scams. Law enforcement officials say they want bank workers to be aware of the current scams to help victims from sending scammers money.

"A lot of times with the scams the victims will come into the bank and want to wire money abroad and if the tellers are aware of what's going on they can prevent that person from sending that money away which they would not get back," said Corporal Craig Romans with the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

Law enforcement officials told us they expect an increase in IRS scams during tax season.