Sheriff Steve Lawson

Hi, I'm Sheriff Steve Lawson. Thank you for visiting the Bradley County Sheriff's Office website. I hope you will find the information and resources here helpful and informative.

As Sheriff, I am committed to working hard every day to make sure our schools, our churches and our community are the safest place to live in Tennessee. Through the hard work of the men and women of the Bradley County Sheriff's Office and in partnership with members of the community, we are doing just that. We are working each day to get better. To provide an even greater quality of service and protection to the people of Bradley County.

I am very grateful for the support of our partnering law enforcement agencies. The cooperation we enjoy with these departments helps to achieve the goals that we have set out to meet.

If we can ever be of service to you, please do not hesitate to contact us. My people and I

are here not only to protect the community but to serve it as well.

Thank you for providing me the opportunity to serve as your Sheriff.
The belief and trust that you have placed in me will stand
as the cornerstones of my administration.

Sincerely,

Sheriff Steve Lawson

(423) 728-7300 | email Sheriff Lawson

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Sheriff’s Column

How To Avoid Holiday Scams

November 21, 2021

 

As we head into the holiday season, we want to remind everyone in our community to be mindful of potential opportunities for scammers. During a time of year that tends to present more expenses, it is as important as ever to be protective of personal finances and make sure that you are not putting yourself at risk.

 

Scams are a type of fraudulent activity, usually entertained by dishonest schemes, with the purpose of obtaining money or possessions from someone unlawfully. Unfortunately, most of the time you do not realize you have been stolen from until it is too late.

 

Scammers are clever and know how to create very deceiving scenarios to trick people into complying. This is why it is important to stay up to date on the latest holiday scandals and learn how to recognize and avoid them.

 

Here are some helpful tips to protect yourself from scams:

 

  • Be Aware of Misleading Social Media Ads: As you scroll through your social media feed, you often see items for sale from a small business or third-party website. Do your homework and research the company before ordering. Check out the business profile on BBB.org and read the reviews.

  • Check Your Bank Statements: Routinely review your credit or debit card statements. Setting up card alerts can help you ensure you stay notified about transactions on your cards and prevent fraud. It’s also important to review your statements into January and February, as fraudulent charges from the holiday season may take weeks to show up on your statement. If you do not recognize a charge, immediately contact your bank and dispute it through their fraud department.

  • Practice Good Cybersecurity: Don’t click any suspicious links or attachments in emails, in text messages, on websites, or on social media. Phishing scams and similar crimes get you to click on links and give up personal information like your name, password, and bank account number. In some cases, you may even unknowingly download malware to your device.

  • Be Careful How You Pay: Never wire money directly to a seller. Avoid paying for items with gift cards. In these scams, a seller will ask you to send them a gift card number and PIN. Instead of using that gift card for your payment, the scammer will steal the funds, and you’ll never receive your item. Instead, get in the habit of using a secured card or prepaid card when shopping online.

  • Some scammers are known to impersonate the IRS or officers of the law requesting your social security number or threatening you with a fine. Keep in mind that as a rule of thumb, any official request of personal information or fine notice will be received in the mail prior to a phone call.

 

Please stay aware of potential holiday scams to prevent becoming a victim. If you know of anyone who might be susceptible to such scams, make it your mission to inform them how to recognize one before the damage is done.

 

Due to the continuing pandemic, a record number of people are expected to do their holiday shopping online - only about 16% of people will be visiting in stores during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. With that being said, let’s all do our part to keep our community safe during this holiday season. Remember, if a deal seems “too good to be true,” it most likely is!