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Fraud Case

Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm

On July 3, the Sheriff’s Office:
Investigated:
Fraud; an owner of a Mexico company received a call from a woman identifying herself to be associated with the Occupation Compliance Administration.  The woman stated that the owner, in order to be in compliance with OSHA, needed to display employment posters and have on the premises a fire extinguisher and first aid kit.
When the owner told the woman that the owner would think about the requirement, the person told the owner that the offer to sell the fire extinguisher, first aid kit, and posters was good only for today and that it was much cheaper to purchase the items through the woman than through another vendor.
After the call, the owner checked through the internet and learned that the call was a fraud.
The Sheriff’s Office reminds people to never give out personal information over the telephone such as dates of birth, social security numbers, and or credit card numbers unless you personally know the other person who is requesting the information.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person (s) responsible for this and any other incident.  If you have information that would help the Sheriff solve this or other crimes, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-TIPS.
Persons arrested for criminal offenses are merely accusations, and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.