NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
December 12, 2007
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420


     The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office wants to remind residents to beware of callers who ask for personal information over the telephone.

       Crime Prevention  Specialist Ashley Bailey says the Sheriff's Office has received reports of a man calling homes and representing himself as an employee of a local city water department. The caller says there is a problem with the person's water bill and asks for their credit card account number to clear the problem. Some of the calls are being left as voice messages with a return number. The Sheriff's Office is investigating.

      Anyone who receives such a call or message is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office CASE Fraud Hotline at 651-7674.