Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has received a report of another phone scam targeting local residents.

A resident told the Sheriff’s Office that she received a call from an Indianapolis phone number. The caller claimed to be with a law firm and told the resident that the firm was distributing checks for some sort of consumer survey contest. The scammer told the resident that she had won second prize, $500,000, and that the firm would be personally delivering the check to her home.

The scammers already had the resident’s home address and told the resident that they needed to ask a few questions to complete their paperwork. The scammer went on to ask for personal information, including income sources and how much the resident had in her bank account.

The resident didn’t fall for the scam, but told the Sheriff’s Office that the scammer sounded legitimate and could easily trick others into falling for the scheme.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public to never give out personal information over the phone to an unknown caller. Even if the information seems harmless, scammers can use that information to steal your identity or further victimize you. The best thing to do when an unknown, unsolicited caller asks for your personal information is to hang up and report it to the FTC.