HENRY COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Abbeville police have seen an uptick in scams over the past couple of weeks, and they have been seen on different Henry County buy, sell, and trade pages.
On Monday, Abbeville police were alerted of a missing girl in Headland that was posted on the Headland buy, sell, and trade page.
After looking into the post on Facebook, they discovered that it was a scam.
“They just see that ‘hey there is a missing girl in Headland’ and then everybody wanting to be a concerned citizen and help out,” Abbeville Police Chief, Eric Blankenship said. “Shares all of this to get the information out and then the next thing you know now all you’ve done is took there little scam scheme and spread it like wildfire.”
Another scam Abbeville police have run into was seen on the Abbeville AL Buy, Sell, and Trade page,
In the scam it says that two men are on the run in Abbeville and are very dangerous, that they claim to be homeless and seeking help, but then they attack you.
Police say the scammer then will go back into the post and change the link in the post.
“Each person’s personal page is this link and if you click on this link then it takes you to a thing that is basically like a scam situation,” Chief Blankenship said. “That is trying to defraud you out of your money and so forth.”
Chief Blankenship does say the scams are being put out there for all demographics, but they are seeing a lot of the shares coming from the elderly community.
Both of these scams are used as a way for a scammer to funnel money into another account, sometimes in another country, which can make it hard on law enforcement to arrest the person at fault.
“It’s a sad situation to sit there and watch their life savings get sucked up by someone on the internet,” Chief Blankenship said. “When they believe it maybe somebody else or anything else and it’s a person around the world taking their money and there is no way for us to get it back.”
Blankenship adds that before giving out important information clicking on different links, talk to someone and if they need to call law enforcement, then do that.
If you are unsure if a Facebook post is a scam or not, Chief Blankenship asks that you talk to a friend or family member before hitting that share or like button.