They may say you missed jury duty and owe a fine or that they're from the Internal Revenue Service and you owe taxes, but a number of telephone and Internet scams currently operating in the area have one thing in common -- they want your money.
Major Terry Hembree of the Putnam County Sheriff's Department explains what to do if one of these swindlers contacts you.
"The simplest thing to do is to hang up and call the sheriff's department and report it to the sheriff's department or the police department," Hembree said. "Or, they can actually go to www.ftc.gov, which is the Federal Trade Commission's website, and there is a complaint form on that website that they can also file about the particular scam."
Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris says most scam artists are professionals and not to be toyed with.
"The longer you stay on the phone, the better they get, so initially it's the same old cliche that we've always talked about -- your gut feeling is usually just right on. When you answer the phone and something's not sounding right, just simply hang up because the longer you keep them on the phone, the more they are going to make you believe."
(Top photo: Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris; bottom photo: Sheriff's Dept. Chief of Investigations Major Terry Hembree.)