LEONARDTOWN, Md. — With our ever-expanding dependence on technology, there are bound to be people who try to take advantage of people on the internet. In addition to internet scams and hacks, there are over-the-phone scams that attempt to steal personal information.  Below are some tips from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff Office on how to spot potential scams and what to do to avoid coming in contact with them.

Online Scams

-Do not open or click on links from emails that you do not recognize, even from ones that appear to be businesses or organizations.  You should immediately delete them so they are removed from your inbox.

-This also applies to links received over text messages. A general rule of thumb is to not click links when you aren’t sure where it will take you.

-Always look for the secure site icon near the URL, otherwise any information you submit there is not secure.

Over the Phone Scams

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