One local sheriff's office is warning its residents about a nationwide scam that has been occurring via text message.
The Yancey County Sheriff's Office announced online that the department had become aware of text messages targeting citizens with carrying a concealed weapon (CCW) permits. Officials say the fraudulent texts have been alerting people that their permit needs to be renewed or changed and offers a link for users to type in their information.
"This link is malicious and has NOT been generated by Yancey County Sheriff’s Office nor the PermitDirector Software Company we use," the sheriff's office posted on Facebook. "NO TEXT MESSAGES FROM YANCEY COUNTY OR THE PERMITDIRECTOR SOFTWARE CONTAIN LINKS."
Officials urge anyone who feels they may have been targeted by a scam to report that scam on the U.S. government services website by clicking here.
"We ask that you only report any monetary loss associated with this scam to the Sheriff’s Office," the online post continues. "We have confirmed that the text messages are being sent randomly from many different phone numbers to people across the entire nation."
The sheriff's office added that it will never send a text or email about CCW permit renewals and that they mail out those renewal letters via the U.S. Postal Service.