IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS NOT TRUE
Hart County Property Owners’ Assoc.
Summary October 21 Meeting
Halloween came early this month. The great speakers featured at the meeting scared the daylights out of us with the realities of scams happening on a regular basis in Hart County. The speakers were Dennis Cobb the Chief Information Officer of Hartcom, Sheriff Deputy Captain Chris Caroll, substituting for Sheriff Mike Cleveland, and Anthony Davis Hartwell Chief of Police.
The scammers are getting smarter and more sophisticated so we need to be even more diligent. All the speakers presented a number of stories of scams that happened and are ongoing. People are sending money almost every day to some sort of scam. One person was financially wiped out losing over $500,000.
Some of the advice offered include:
Don’t answer your phone if the number is not recognized. They will leave a voice-mail if they really want to talk to you. Then you can decide if you want to talk to them.
Never give anybody a credit card number, bank account number or Social Security number over the phone and very carefully over the internet.
Microsoft, Apple, Social Security and the IRS among others will never call you.
Don’t respond to a request for money from a reputable organization. If you want to give to them, call them up and verify that they called you.
No law enforcement entity will call you asking for money to bail one of your loved ones out of jail.
Back-up your computer on a regular basis and disconnect your computer from your backup device.
Make your passwords long and complicated. A six-letter password can be deciphered in less than 10 seconds.
Hartcom will, free of charge, come to your house and change the password on your Wi-Fi. Your name or other simple passwords can be picked up in seconds and to used access your computer. Bottom line is be vigilant and be careful.
The Congressional representatives that attended our August meeting on the Corps outrageous fee increase reported no progress but meetings are ongoing. Looking forward to seeing all of you in November. We will have another great and timely program.