Public Service Announcements

Microsoft Impersonation Scam

Sheriff John Simonton wants the public to be aware of a couple of Microsoft Impersonation Scam that has been reported to the Lee County Sheriffs Department. A person will call claiming to be from Microsoft, who says that you have a virus which is sending information from their computer. Below this post is a statement from Microsoft to explain their position on this issue and others that have come up.




12/13/14- Holiday Season:

With the holiday season quickly approaching, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind motorists to use extra care when traveling to and from holiday events.   There will be an increased traffic volume, along with the possibility of ice and snow-covered roadways.  The Sheriff’s Department will have extra patrols out during the holidays, to assist motorists in getting to their destinations safely, as well to ensure safe driving behavior.

In addition, crimes such as thefts, burglaries and scams (phone and internet) tend to increase during this time period.  Please be cognizant of this when purchasing gifts using credit or debit cards on the internet.   Use reputable companies that you have safely purchased from in the past. 

We also have received reports from agencies outside our jurisdiction, of scams relating to “gypsy burglaries”.  These types of burglaries normally begin with subjects asking if some handy-work needs to be done at your residence.   This leads to homeowners allowing one of the two subjects to enter their homes to sign a contract or to further discuss the work.  The second subject begins to do the work and attempts to distract the homeowner, while the first commits a theft inside the residence.

Please use extra caution during this time period, as it will make your holiday season more enjoyable. 

Merry Christmas,
Sheriff John Simonton
Lee County Sheriff’s Department

12/14/14- Crime Prevention Tips:

  • BEWARE of any program that seems to offer something for nothing. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • BEWARE of free prizes that require a credit card number for verification. NEVER GIVE YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBER OVER THE PHONE unless YOU have initiated the call.
  • Do not give out any information about yourself. Ask the questions--do not answer any of a telemarketer's inquiries.
  • Do not buy over the phone from unfamiliar companies.
  • Always take time when making a decision...give yourself 24 hours to think it over.
  • Never be pressured to pay cash upfront to a salesman who comes to your door.
  • Do not get taken in by high-pressure sales tactics that urge you to "act now."
  • Ask for information in writing.
  • Do not return mail order solicitations.
  • Talk to a trusted friend, relative or financial advisor before committing your money.
  • Never respond to any offer you do not thoroughly understand.
  • If door-to-door salespeople approach your home, do not let them in. If you let them in and they will not leave, call the police or leave. Do not be afraid to say, "no." Dishonest door-to-door salesmen want to operate without attracting the attention of neighbors or the authorities, so they are unlikely to become violent.
  • If you suspect that you or someone you know has been a victim of elder fraud, immediately contact your local police or the Attorney General's office.