Polk sheriff’s office warns of recent scams following Hurricane Matthew

Published 10:00 pm Friday, October 28, 2016

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is warning local residents of scams that have surfaced in recent weeks following Hurricane Matthew that hit the coast.

An older female with two young children, driving a 1997 burgundy Chevrolet Astro van, has reportedly been going to churches requesting money. The woman has reportedly said she is a victim of Hurricane Matthew, according to the sheriff’s office. After investigation, the sheriff’s office has determined the woman did not live in any areas affected by the hurricane.

Local residents have also reported to the sheriff’s office phone calls from people trying to solicit funds to help with the hurricane relief. The sheriff’s office advises that people do not give any personal banking information over the phone to anyone for any reason.

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“As we know, Polk County has some of the most giving hearts in North Carolina,” stated a press release from the sheriff’s office.

The press release said following the devastation of Hurricane Matthew, officers have seen a rise in scams involving people requesting assistance.

“We are sharing this information in hopes of assisting Polk County residents in not being taken advantage of,” said the release. “We are asking that if you are contacted for assistance that some verification of the individuals’ situation be attempted.”