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April 4, 2014

Sheriff warns of scams making rounds

Asphalt, bogus sweepstakes fraud reports received in area

Corsicana — Editor's Note: In his monthly report, Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner is advising county residents to be aware of a couple of “scams” that have been reported in the county, trying to victimize those who fall for them.



 

Dear Citizens,

The Navarro County Sheriff's Office has been advised that an “asphalt scam” is once again going around in our county. In this scam, a person identifying themselves as a “company representative” will approach you and advise that they have a small amount of asphalt left over from a job in the area and will fix your driveway for a reduced rate and actually quote a price. After the work is completed, they often claim it took more work and product than expected to complete the job and will bill you for a significantly higher price than originally quoted. Be cautious of such scams and report any suspicious activity to the N.C.S.O.

We have also received a complaint of a scam involving winning the Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. The caller will advise you by phone that you have won the prize and you should send a check or money order to an address to cover administrative fees that go with winning the contest. This IS a scam. Please do not become a victim.

We received a complaint from a female inmate who alleged sexual harassment by a male detention officer. The Texas Rangers were immediately contacted to investigate this allegation. After the Ranger service completed their internal investigation, it was determined the complaint was unfounded with no merit. It is extremely unfortunate that an officer can be subjected to an internal investigation based on false allegations but I am proud to report the officer has been cleared of all claims.

As a reminder to all Navarro County residents, take time to sign up for the Navarro County/City of Corsicana Alert Notification System powered by Everbridge. This is an All Hazards notification system that may also be utilized during non-emergency situations to notify you of important area updates in which you can select during the sign up process. There is no cost for signing up for this notification system and it only takes a few minutes to sign up or to update your profile. To sign up for Everbridge you must log into http://www.navarrocountyoem.org/ and then look on the right side of the page under the banner and click on the link and just follow the directions.

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