If anyone is asked about the PSA(Pennsylvania Sheriffs' Association) mailing, the answer is YES, it is legit but, remind them the PSA does NOT solicit by phone.
If they receive any phone calls from individuals claiming to be from PSA to send money, advise them not to give any personal information or money, the best advice is to tell them to hang up.
8-tips to avoid Phishing Scams (published by William Francis Galvin) Secretary of the Commonwealth Securities Division)
On-Going Scams across the Country
Netflix Phishing Scam
The scam is initiated by a popup that appears when trying to login to Netflix, and tries to trick users into thinking their account has been hacked. If you happened to call the "Member Services" number- the one tried was disconnected. Someone from support explains that your Netflix account has been hijacked by an overseas hacker.
Phone and Utility phishing scam
A new email phishing scam making the rounds nationwide is disquised as a utility bill. The email message provides a link "view your recent bill", but clicking the link will instead prompt the download of malware, which will infect your computer. Malware is software used to disrupt computer operation and gather sensitive information.
While phishing scams come in many different forms, the defense is the same. Delete these emails and do not click on any links in them or open any attachments.
Tips to avoid becoming a victim:
Welcome to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. The men and women of our department are dedicated to serving and protecting the citizens of Erie County.
We pledge our commitment to doing our part to keep the community safe and help create a better quality of life for the families of Erie County.
If there is ever anything that my office can do for you, please contact me or my staff.
-John Loomis, Erie County Sheriff
Sheriff John Loomis Erie County Sheriff's Office 140 West 6th Street Erie, PA 16501
Phone: (814) 451-6007 Fax: (814) 451-6323 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Deputy Jon Habursky Erie County Sheriff's Office 140 West 6th Street Erie, PA 16501
Phone: (814) 451-6007 Fax: (814) 451-6323 Email: email@example.com