BCSO Warns People of Phone Scams Following Parkland Shooting

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - If you've received suspicious phone calls lately asking for charitable donations, you are not alone. 
The Bay County Sheriff's Office issued a scam alert Friday. They said the increase comes after natural disasters or man made ones like the recent events in Parkland Florida. They said there has been an increase in fraudulent "fundraising" calls asking for money "to make our kids safer." These calls are vague and promise to use the money to provide safety for children. Some callers can even know your name, but that doesn't make them legit. 

"I think the biggest weapon we have against these people is to hang up. Hang up, disconnect, don't even engage them in conversation, don't try to set them straight, don't get involved, these are professional conman, just hang up," said Ruth Corley with the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

If you think you are a victim of a phone scam call your local law enforcement agency.

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