The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office recently became aware of a scam circulating involving Amazon accounts. The victims receive a call from a person claiming to be an Amazon representative who asks the victim about recent purchases before requesting the person purchase prepaid Visa cards from Walmart, Target, etc. and give the information on the card to the caller. To avoid these types of scams remember to never give out personal or financial information over the phone to callers you don’t know. If they say they have the information but just need you to confirm it, it’s a ploy to gain the information from you. Don’t make payments by gift card, prepaid debit card or wire transfer. Scammers prefer these methods of payment as they are hard to trace. Be wary of unsolicited calls from persons claiming to work for the government, a utility company or other major company. These institutions will rarely contact you by phone unless you have made an inquiry or contacted them first. To register your phone number on the Do Not Call Registry go to www.donotcall.gov or call 888-382-1222. If you encounter one of these scams you can report it to the Consumer Protection Division of the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at 800-482-8982 or by visiting the Attorney General’s website.