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Message from the sheriff - BE ON ALERT FOR RECENT SCAMS

sadiePREPAID GREEN DOT VISA GIFT CARD SCAMS

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office continues to receive calls from citizens who have been targeted by suspects representing themselves as agents from local businesses such as Gainesville Regional Utilities, Clay Electric, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, and most recently Walmart in an effort to secure payment with a prepaid Green Dot Visa gift card. In a recent case involving the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, a citizen was notified that they had an active Alachua County warrant and needed to send a prepaid Green Dot Visa gift card in the amount of $1,000 to resolve the warrant. In another case, the suspect represented themselves as Walrmart and told the citizens that there was a problelm with their layaway and that in order to resolve that balance they needed to send a prepaid Green Dot Visa gift card. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANYONE A PREPAID GREEN DOT VISA GIFT CARD WITHOUT FIRST VERIFYING THAT THE PROBLEM IS LEGITIMATE.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, it is important that all residents be aware of these scams in order to keep from becoming a victim. We are encouraging residents to not send prepaid Green Dot Visa gift cards to anyone without first confirming that problem is legitimate. Please call the Alachua County Sheriff's Office at 352-955-1818 if you receive a call that involves a scam.

Refer to our Crime Prevention tab above for additional tips on keeping you and your family safe.

SHERIFF SADIE DARNELL


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