NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
January 13, 2009
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420

SCAM ARTISTS ASKING FOR CASH

     The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has been receiving complaints of an apparent scam circulating in the south end of the county. Citizens report being asked for money by individuals who claim they've been locked out of their cars. The scammers say locksmiths they've contacted are demanding cash up front to unlock the vehicles, and they have no money on hand to pay them.

      So far, residents have been approached in several church parking lots in Destin and at businesses on Beal Parkway.

      The Sheriff's Office asks that you report any suspicious activity by calling 850-651-7400 or 689-5705.

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