Hurricane Matthew scams reported in Polk Co.

A swift water rescue team down a street covered by floodwaters caused by rain from Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, N.C., Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Spencer)

POLK CO., NC (WSPA) – The Polk Co. Sheriff’s Office is warning people about a Hurricane Matthew scam going around in the county.

There has been a rise in scam involving people asking for help.

The say if you are asked for help, try to verify the person’s situation.

They say in the past two weeks the following reports have been sent to their office:

Older female driving a 1997 Burgundy Chevrolet Astro Van, with two children. Going from church to church requesting funds. Female reportedly has stated she is a victim of hurricane Mathew, upon further investigation it was determined that she did not live in the area affected by Mathew.

Residents report receiving phone calls trying to solicit funds to help with hurricane relief. (Please do not give any personal banking information over phone to anyone.)

The Polk County Sheriffs Office would like to encourage our citizens to share any information about these scams or any other types of scams they are receiving with friends and neighbors, so as to stop these types of crimes from happening.

“As we know, Polk County has some of the most giving hearts in North Carolina. The following information is for awareness purposes and not in any way meant to deter giving to individuals in need,” says they sheriff’s office.

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