“One woman called us and said that she was approached in the Wal-Mart parking lot by a well-groomed Hispanic man asking for change for a $50 bill,” Patterson said. “She told him all he had to do was go inside and get change, and he got mad and left.
“It sounds like he was going to try and pull some kind of scam on her,” Patterson said. “It could have been a short change operation, or he could have been trying to see how much money she had on her or was even trying to pass a counterfeit bill - you never know. The best thing is to just be cautious in these kind of situations.”
Patterson also said another woman reported getting a phone call from someone saying she had won the lottery, but the woman had not bought a lottery ticket.
“The person on the phone then told her the prize was tied into her credit card and they just needed to confirm her credit card information to award her a $25,000 prize,” Patterson said. “When the woman told them she didn't have a credit card, they persisted by saying they could verify it through her checking account and then tried to get her banking information. Luckily she didn't give it to them, but some people do fall for these types of scams. I just urge people to very cautious and don't give out their personal information to strangers.”