The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has received a report of a new scam that is circulating in our area.
The caller is stating he is with the Lions Club International Grant Fund. The caller will tell you that you have won a large sum of money but in order to obtain it, you will be required to pay a fee upfront for the transfer to take place. In order to complete the transfer, you are required to send money through prepaid debit cards, Google Play cards, etc.
THIS IS A SCAM. DO NOT PLAY INTO THIS. YOU WILL LOSE YOUR MONEY. The scam is circulating by telephone and through Facebook messenger. If you are contacted through Facebook messenger, the account the message is being sent from has been hacked.
Unfortunately, the SCSO has no way of tracking the individual(s) who are doing this. PLEASE be wise and do not give them your banking information, credit cards numbers or any personal identifiers.
Make sure your family, friends and especially the elderly are aware of this scam. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 936.598.5601.