Bay County Sheriff's Office issues a scam alert

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Bay County Sheriff's Office issued a Scam Alert Tuesday about a postcard scam targeting the elderly in Bay County.

Complaints have been made by citizens receiving a postcard in the mail informing them they have a package containing jewelry valued at $297 that is awaiting shipment. The only thing holding up shipment is payment of shipping and handling fees of $12.95 that can only be paid by credit card.

Instructions on the card include a phone number to call to make payment.

BCSO Criminal investigators have determined this is a scam and the scammers are simply trying to get credit card number to either sell or use to make fraudulent purchases.