Worcester County Vulnerable Adult Task Force initiative targets gift card fraud

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WORCESTER COUNTY, Md. – Several law enforcement agencies are partnering with the Worcester County Vulnerable Adult Task Force to tackle a rash of scams that often target senior citizens.

It is all part of a No-Scam November initiative led by the task force.

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office says they’re trying to educate and raise awareness about common fraud schemes as part of this initiative.

One of the ways they’re doing this is by providing prevention signs to businesses to help keep customers alert. The sheriff’s office says there have been a lot of scams this year involving gift cards where scammers pretend to be someone else in order to trick people out of money.

“This is a huge problem and the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and our partnering agencies are here for you,” said Worcester County Sheriff Matt Crisafulli.

“We want to protect you by preventing you from becoming a victim of one of these fraudulent scams,” said Crisafulli.

Police say if you encounter someone whose demanding money in the form of gift cards over the phone you should immediately hang up and block the number.

Worcester County Sheriff Matt Crisafulli adds businesses can participate in the No-Scam November initiative by asking for a gift card scam sign free of charge.

The Maryland State Police and the Ocean Pines Police Department are also participating in this initiative. Click here for more information about the No-Scam November initiative.

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