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Cassell warns seniors of scam


Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell announced a new scam directed at senior citizens has been reported in Searcy County. Cassell said the scam involves a Facebook chat regarding the senior's Direct Express card.

Cassell explained that a Direct Express card is a debit card that is loaded with the senior's social security benefits. Cassell said the scam take place on a Facebook site believed to belong to Direct Express. When contacted, the fake site claims to be with the Direct Express fraudulent team and asks the senior to prove their identity by providing a photo of their driver's license and debit card and screen shot of their account balance.

During the chat, the team member uses the information gained to purchase items over the internet. Cassell urges everyone needing assistance with their Direct Express card, to verify they are speaking to the correct party before turning over any card information or account balances.

If you have questions or concerns or have been in contact with someone connected to this newest scam, you are encouraged to contact the Searcy County Sheriff's Office at 870-448-2340.

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